A Payson man sustained minor injuries after the single engine plane he was flying crashed near Elberta in Utah County.
On October 24, 2015, shortly before 10:30 AM, Deputies with the Utah County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to respond to a report of a small airplane crash near Elberta and east or Eureka, in southwest Utah County. Witnesses reported seeing a small plane crash in this area. EMS and fire personnel from Santaquin, Eureka, and Goshen responded. They found the pilot, Rick Edward Strong, age 45, from Payson, had climbed out of the airplane and had sustained only minor injuries. He was evaluated by medical personnel and released at the scene.
Strong told investigators with the Utah County Sheriff's Office, NTSB, and the FAA that he was flying the single engine, single seat plane as part of a re-seeding operation. This area, in the East Tintic Mountains, is part of the Tintic Mining District. Strong said as he was flying he heard a stall warning. He was flying only a few hundred feet above the ground when the warning sounded. Strong told investigators he took emergency measures, including an effort to fly underneath a power line, but was unable to recover. The plane hit the ground and spun around, coming to rest facing the opposite direction he was flying. Strong was able to get out of the plane with only minor injuries. The plane, however, caught fire and appears to be a complete loss.
For questions call Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office. (801)404-1912. Twitter: SGTCannonPIO