Roy intersection reopens after single-engine plane crashes into car

Posted at 1:53 PM, Sep 12, 2017

ROY, Utah - A pilot and a driver are OK after a single-engine plane crashed on a car in Roy Tuesday afternoon.

The Ogden-Hinckley Airport confirmed the crash on 1900 W at 4500 S, which closed roadways in all directions. Roy Police said the intersection reopened around 8:45 p.m. Tuesday.

The plane crashed shortly after it took off from Ogden-Hinckley Airport, according to police.

Officials confirmed the 63-year-old solo pilot and the driver of the car the plane landed on, a 43-year-old woman, were both coherent and walking around following the crash. They were both taken to a hospital as a precaution.

"Usually, in a case like this, yeah, you would expect someone to be injured and we're happy that that is not the case today," said Sgt. Matthew Gwyn, Roy City Police Department.

Witnesses described a loud crash, followed by flames engulfing the plane and the car it struck.

"We literally watched the plane fall out of the sky and we were behind the vehicle that was hit," said Natasha Pretti. "Had I not stopped, it would've hit the front of my car."

Pretti and others at the scene were visibly shaken after witnessing the crash.

"A lot of people in shock and just utter disbelief at what had just happened, especially where the other plane had crashed not too long ago," Pretti said.

On July 26, roughly a mile away from Tuesday's crash, a small plane went down along I-15, killing all four people onboard.

On August 11, a plane crashed near South Valley Regional Airport in West Jordan. Then, on August 24, another one near the same airport in West Jordan.

All of those missed people on the ground, but not this time.

"This road is busy, all day and typically in the afternoon it gets busier," Gwynn said.

Federal Aviation Administration investigators responded to the scene. The regional investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board would normally have responded too, but was already investigating another plane crash.

The wreckage of the plane will be moved to a hangar as investigators continue to piece together what happened.