Contact Us

Odd Sounds, Altitude Struggles Seen Before Small Plane Crash in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Federal investigators say a plane that slammed into a Utah highway started making unusual sounds during takeoff and apparently struggled to stay at altitude before the crash that killed four people.

The National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Eric Weiss said Thursday the exact cause of the crash last week could take more than a year to determine, but the agency has released early findings from the scene. The report states flight mechanics at the municipal airport in Ogden noticed the tail was bobbing as if the pilot was struggling to keep the craft at altitude on July 26.

Investigators say pilot Layne Clarke radioed air traffic control shortly after takeoff and said the plane was going down. The controller cleared him for landing, but the small plane hit the ground four seconds later.

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://newsradio1310.com using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Loyal Listener Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Loyal Listener Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.