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2 people injured in Vernal plane crash, authorities say

By Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com | Posted - Jul. 29, 2019 at 9:21 a.m.


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VERNAL — Two people suffered serious injuries after a plane crashed after taking off in Vernal Monday morning, authorities say.

An 18-year-old student and her 27-year-old instructor both were injured, according to the Uintah County Sheriff's Office.

The plane stalled about 100 feet in the air while the instructor was demonstrating a takeoff technique, the sheriff's office said. The instructor tried to get power back but was unsuccessful.

The plane crashed on the shoulder of the runway, skidding across the runway and coming to rest in a grassy area, according to the sheriff's office.

Both people were taken to Ashley Regional Medical Center for treatment, the sheriff's office said. One of the patients was then taken to Salt Lake City for further treatment, but it was not clear which person.

The Cessna 162 Skycatcher “sustained substantial damage," according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash, Kenitzer said.

No other information about the crash was immediately available.

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