SALT LAKE CITY — The family of a driver who heard a crash and later learned a plane landed on her car says it’s a miracle she walked away with only scrapes and a broken pinkie.
The emergency crash landing Tuesday afternoon sparked a fire on the plane and the rear half of Samantha Sandoval’s black sedan on 1900 West in Roy, less than a mile from her home.
“The only word I can use to describe it is a miracle,” her brother, Luke Draayer, said. “Had it been another 3 to 5 feet forward, it would have been a completely different story.”
Authorities didn’t say what exactly went wrong Tuesday, but they said the aircraft sought to make an emergency landing shortly after taking off from Ogden-Hinckley Airport.
The crash sent flames and a plume of smoke into the sky, closing several blocks of the busy suburban street Tuesday afternoon.
After the accident, bystanders helped Sandoval out of the car. An off-duty Ogden police officer who was nearby also helped the pilot get out of the cockpit, according to the police department.
The name of the 63-year-old man who was flying the plane has not been released. He was largely unharmed as well, Roy police said.