Pilot killed in single-occupant plane crash at South Valley Airport

Aug 23, 2023, 3:15 PM | Updated: 8:07 pm

A portion of plane wreckage is pictured at South Valley Airport in West Jordan after a single-occup...

A portion of plane wreckage is pictured at South Valley Airport after a single-occupant plane crashed on Wednesday, killing the pilot. (Meghan Thackery, KSL)

(Meghan Thackery, KSL)

WEST JORDAN, Utah — One person died in a plane crash near South Valley Airport in West Jordan on Wednesday.

The NTSB confirmed the plane was a single-engine Hensler Cassutt, defined as a sport and racing aircraft. West Jordan Police confirmed that one person died in the crash.

 West Jordan Police confirmed that the plane crashed on Airport Road between Copper Hills Parkway and 7800 South. 



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Jeremy Lawl told KSL that he was in the intersection across the road from the crash site.

“I pulled up at Airport Road and 78th, and I noticed the plane crash right there in the middle of the road, with the gentleman just laying out in the middle of the road,” he said.

Lawl said that he and another man attempted CPR on the victim.

“By the time that I got to him I didn’t see much life, and he really didn’t have much of a pulse.”

Casesar Rocha, who also witnessed the crash, says it was hard to miss.

“It was colorful and it caught my attention,” he said. “But I saw it do something weird. It kind of banked in a very weird way. And it just plummeted, straight down.”

As of Wednesday evening, authorities had not released the identity of the victim. 

Officials are asking drivers to avoid the area as an investigation is conducted.


We will update this story as more information becomes available.

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Pilot killed in single-occupant plane crash at South Valley Airport