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Pilot walks away from small plane crash

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Posted at 1:41 PM, Mar 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-18 18:58:15-04

WOODS CROSS, Utah -- A pilot was uninjured Monday afternoon in a crash at Skypark Airport in Woods Cross.

The crash happened shortly after 1 p.m. when a single-engine plane was coming in for a landing. The plane flipped upside-down in the crash, then caught fire. The pilot, who was the sole occupant of the plane, walked away from the crash.

"He was able to crawl out of the plane and passersby came and helped put the fire out," said Woods Cross Police Chief Greg Butler.

The cause of the crash is unknown, but windy conditions may have been a factor.

"The pilot is telling us that he came in a little too low and he was trying to get a little more power to take back off to land again. When he came back up, the winds grabbed him and threw him to the east of the runway," Butler said.

The manager at the airport says the pilot, a Salt Lake City resident, has kept his plane in the hangar at the airport for some time and has a lot of experience flying.

The plane is a Mustang II, a kit plane, which means it was built by an individual rather than a manufacturer.

The Federal Aviation Administration will conduct an investigation into the exact cause of the accident.