A single engine plane, piloted by a student pilot, crashed after it lost power. The instructor attempted to make an emergency landing. Neither occupant sustained serious injuries.
At about 1:27 P.M. today, May 1, 2012, dispatchers with Utah Valley Dispatch Special Service District received a call from the Provo Airport Control Tower about a small plane that crashed in the south west part of Utah County, north of Elberta. That call was followed shortly by a call from one of the occupants of the plane, also reporting the crash.
The occupants were Instructor Pilot, Kelli Peay, age 47, Mapleton, and Student Pilot, Tim Christensen, age 53, of Orem. The plane is privately owned and Christensen was practicing stall maneuvers in the area, having departed from Provo Airport. While attempting another stall maneuver the plane lost power. He reported this to Peay, who then took over the controls and attempted to re-start the engine. The plane was north bound at this time and Peay turned around and attempted to make a landing in a field. As the plane landed it caught in the soft dirt, causing the plane to tip over.
Both Peay and Christensen sustained non-life threatening injuries, although Christensen was transported by AirMed helicopter for treatment as a precaution.
For questions call Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office, (801)404-1912