2 occupants injured after prop plane crashes short of St. George Regional Airport runway

A prop plane crashed near St. George Regional Airport, on Stucki Farm's land, Washington City, Utah, March 24, 2022 | Photo courtesy of Lt. Kory Klotz/Washington City Police Department, St. George News

WASHINGTON CITY — Two people sustained injuries after a prop plane crash-landed on vacant land near St. George Regional Airport on Thursday afternoon.

A prop plane crashed near St. George Regional Airport, on Stucki Farm’s land, Washington City, Utah, March 24, 2022 | Photo by Alysha Lundgren, St. George News

The crash was reported shortly after 1:40 p.m. and involved a four-seater prop plane carrying the pilot and one passenger who both appeared to be in their late 50s. Washington City Police Lt. Kory Klotz said someone in another plane reported the crash via radio.

The plane reportedly was traveling from Casper, Wyoming. The occupants likely were planning to stop at the St. George Regional Airport, Klotz said.

“They were coming in from the north,” he said. “Something happened with the plane but we don’t know what that is and they were short of the runway by probably about a mile. It did appear that the plane was coming in for a landing but just didn’t make it to the actual landing strip there.”

The plane crashed on vacant land owned by Stucki Farms and slid 50-100 yards before coming to rest. Klotz said there was no property damage.

Both occupants were transported in a Gold Cross Ambulance to St. George Regional hospital for evaluation and treatment. Klotz said the pilot had lower back injuries and the passenger had facial lacerations and a potentially broken jaw. Both occupants sustained various cuts and abrasions.

None of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening and both occupants were conscious and alert, he said. No injuries to bystanders were reported.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation by the National Transportation Security Board, which has taken over from Washington City Police, Klotz said.

The Washington City Fire Department and airport personnel also responded to the scene.

This report is based on information provided by law enforcement and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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