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Pilot walks away from rough landing in West Jordan

Police and fire investigate a plane that crashed south of the South Valley Regional Airport in West Jordan on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019.

WEST JORDAN — A pilot was able to walk away uninjured after his plane went down near the South Valley Regional Airport, also sometimes known as Airport #2, in West Jordan.

Photos and video, taken by Steven Tomer and shared with KSL, showed the plane, banged up but mostly intact, on the edge of a soccer field near 8000 S. and 4000 W.

West Jordan Police Officer Scott List says the pilot was identified as a 42-year-old man from Lehi. He told police he had been practicing “touch and go” landings at the airstrip when he got into trouble, his approach was too high on one of his landings.

“He can’t safely make the landing, so he aborts that landing to go up and go around again,” List says. “As he does so, as he starts to pull up, his throttle dies – his engine dies on the airplane.”

“It dropped down and hit the north side of New Bingham [Highway] and spun around and ended up on the south side,” List says.

List says the pilot was not the owner of the plane, but said the plane’s owner was on scene shortly after the accident.