One dead, one injured in plane crash near Spanish Fork

Posted at 10:50 AM, Jun 27, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-27 23:54:07-04

SPANISH FORK -- One person was killed and another was critically injured in a plane crash Thursday morning near Spanish Fork.

The crash occurred around 10:20 near mile marker 304 along Highway 89.
Lt. Yvette Rice with the Utah County Sheriff's Office said the pilot of a Cessna 172 reported a fire in the cockpit just before the plane went down.

The pilot of the plane said he was going to attempt to land on Highway 89 near the town of Birdseye. The plane reportedly hit an electrical line during that attempted landing, but it isn't known whether that contributed to the crash.

The passenger of the plane, 50-year-old Gerald Wilson, of South Jordan, died in the crash and the pilot, 66-year-old Nicholas Soter, of Orem, was hospitalized in critical condition.

Crews are still investigating the incident.