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A look at what led to Saturday's deadly plane crash

Posted at 8:12 PM, Jul 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-26 23:12:48-04

WEST JORDAN, Utah — FOX 13 is learning new details about the flight that crashed into a home Saturday afternoon in a West Jordan neighborhood.

According to, the plane was scheduled to fly from the South Valley Municipal Airport to Page, Arizona.

The flight took off at 1:37 p.m. and flew about 1.3 miles before crashing.

FlightAware data shows that the plane rose to 4,500 feet with an indicated airspeed of 196 miles per hour, but once it rose to 4,600 feet, the airspeed dipped dramatically to 113 miles per hour. That was the last data sent from the aircraft before crashing.

The plane was a 1975 Model Piper PA-32R that can seat six.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration's website, the plane's registration was valid and was registered to Living Evergreen LLC in Bumpass, Virginia.

43-year-old Lee Wyckoff was the pilot who died in the crash, along with his 9-month-old daughter Coral and 36-year-old Milda Shibonis.

FOX 13 has learned that Wyckoff had just received an Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) certification within the last 10 days.

The flight school, Mil2ATP Inc, posted on their Facebook page on July 17: “Lee Wyckoff traveled from Bumpass, VA ... to finish his IFR rating with us this week. He put in some long hours to complete the ground and flight requirements and was able to pass."

The post has since been removed, but it featured a picture of Wyckoff standing next to the Piper PA-32R that crashed Saturday.

IFR pilots often have a higher skill level because they have been extensively trained on instrument skills instead of just Visual Flight Rules (VFR). VFR pilots often times can only fly in decent conditions.

The airport they took off from was also the starting point for last month's deadly plane crash in American Fork Canyon.

Watch the video above to hear reactions from local pilots and witnesses who saw the plane go down.