A twin engine airplane with three occupants made an emergency landing in a corn field west of the Spanish Fork airport. The pilot and passengers were not injured. The FAA will investigate.
At 1:23 P.M. on September 12, 2013, dispatchers with Utah Valley Dispatch Special Service District received a call reporting that a small plane went down in a field about 2 miles west of the Spanish Fork/Springville airport. The plane carried a pilot and 2 passengers, none of whom reported being injured.
The plane, a Cessna 337 Skymaster was piloted by Floyd Richey of Orem. The passengers were Jason Gomola of New York and Wayne Johnson of Texas. The Cessna 337 has a split tail with engines at the front and rear of the fuselage.
Richey told Deputies he was unable to lower the landing gear and that he had lost power in the front engine. In landing the plane Richey was able to fly underneath a power line and over a fence and then land in the corn field. What damage the plane sustained, if any, is unknown. The FAA will arrive tomorrow morning to begin their investigation.
For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office. (801)404-1912.