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One hospitalized with head injuries in Morgan County after emergency plane landing

By Jen Riess, KSL.com | Updated - Jul. 26, 2020 at 9:42 p.m. | Posted - Jul. 26, 2020 at 8:30 p.m.


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MORGAN — Just one day after three people were killed in a plane crash, another plane lost power in Morgan County leaving a man hospitalized with head injuries.

A pilot was transported to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening after his plane crashed near the East Canyon Reservoir in Morgan County Sunday.

The pilot said the plane lost power as he circled the reservoir several times and attempted an emergency landing on state Route 65. The right wing of his plane hit the highway and sent him crashing to the side of the road, landing near 6455 South on SR-65. Morgan County Fire was called to the scene at 11 a.m.

A bystander stopped at the plane crash and said the pilot was alive, but had a severe head injury, Morgan County Fire Chief Boyd Carrigan said. First responders called a medical helicopter because it would take too long for ground transportation to arrive on scene. After the first deputy arrived on scene, it was determined that his injuries were not life-threatening and the helicopter was canceled.

The pilot got out of the plane by himself, even with a head laceration, according to Carrigan. He was transported to the University of Utah Medical Center in an ambulance.

There was a small fuel leak from the plane that first responders contained quickly.

Utah Highway Patrol arranged for a tow truck to remove the plane. Traffic was impacted until around 4 p.m. but officers were able to let people through.

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