Plane Crashes in Utah Neighborhood; Pilot Survives

FAA looking into cause of accident
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 6, 2010 10:58 AM CST
A tarp shields the bodies of people killed in a single-engine Cessna 210 plane crash in Pennsylvania ... the same kind of plane that crashed in Utah.   (AP Photo/The Express, Jim Runkle)

(Newser) – A pilot is in critical condition following a fiery plane crash in Utah, and investigators are trying to figure out what happened. The Cessna 210 single-engine plane went down in a residential neighborhood last night, ripping into pieces as it fell. Pilot Clayton Roop, 46, had been cleared for landing at a nearby airport; at the time, visibility was minimal due to fog, CNN reports. One resident describes finding a “confused, hurt” Roop lying on the ground, but notes that he was able to talk.

Two homes with people inside caught fire, but no one was hurt and the flames were extinguished. The power was also knocked out for 1,700 homes.

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