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3 people killed after plane crashes into home in West Jordan neighborhood

(Jeffrey D. Allred, KSL)


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Update: West Jordan police Sunday released the names of those involved in the Saturday plane crash in a West Jordan neighborhood.

The pilot, 43-year-old Lee Wyckoff, died in the crash, as did 9-month-old Coral Wyckoff and 36-year-old Milda Shibonis.

Rebecca Wyckoff, 36, is in critical condition, as is 2-year-old Cody Mitchell. Veda Sheperd, age 12, walked away from the crash.

The house's occupant, 72-year-old Mary Quintana, is in critical condition.


WEST JORDAN — A single-engine plane carrying six people crashed into the backyard of a house shortly after 1:30 p.m. Saturday, resulting in the deaths of a 9-month-old child, a woman and the man piloting the aircraft.

The injured passengers of the Piper PA-32 include an adult female who is in critical condition, a 2-year-old child in stable condition and a 12-year-old child who was treated and released, according to West Jordan police.

The only person reported injured on the ground, a woman whose house at 8691 S. 3780 West was struck by the plane, is in critical condition, police said.

Joe Murillo, who identified himself to KSL as the 72-year-old woman’s brother, said she was badly burned. She had lived in the home about 20 years, he said.

West Jordan police said the victim’s identities will be released once police are able to notify their next of kin.

Murillo said his sister’s house took the brunt of the crash. Police said three houses sustained damage.

Mayor Dirk Burton said neighbors rushed to the crash site to help their neighbors and help the woman escape her home.

“I don’t know what her condition is,” Burton said, but he said he took it as a positive sign that she was able to leave the house.

Police officers investigate a plane crash near Old Bingham Highway in West Jordan on Saturday, July 25, 2020.
Police officers investigate a plane crash near Old Bingham Highway in West Jordan on Saturday, July 25, 2020. (Photo: Yukai Peng, KSL)

Burton said the crash occurred in an established neighborhood, with many of the houses owned by the original owners.

“So they know each other extremely well and they’re very close knit. So they were on top of it very quickly to go help out the residents that were affected,” Burton said.

Jasson Soriano, 13, who lives around the corner from the crash scene, said he was standing in his front yard and saw a plane flying “super low.”

“It was actually like rumbling, kind of. It was really low,” he said.

The next thing he saw was a black plume of smoke “and I saw the whole neighborhood come running out,” Soriano said.

West Jordan Fire Department shuts down a fire hydrant after working at the scene where an airplane crashed into houses in West Jordan on Saturday, July 25, 2020.
West Jordan Fire Department shuts down a fire hydrant after working at the scene where an airplane crashed into houses in West Jordan on Saturday, July 25, 2020. (Photo: Jeffrey D. Allred, KSL)

The plane took off from South Valley Regional Airport in West Jordan. The cause of the crash was unknown, a statement by the FFA said.

The tail numbers of the aircraft will be released once it is verified by investigators, according to a statement by Allen Kenitzer, of the FAA Office of Communications.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

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