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Former Pinnacle pilot crashes plane into his own home

Former Pinnacle pilot crashes plane into his own home

Old Aug 13, 18, 7:38 pm
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Former Pinnacle pilot crashes plane into his own home

I wonder if the Horizon Air incident inspired him.

Hours after a Payson man was released from jail in a domestic violence case, police say he took off in a small plane and then crashed it into his own house.
But after he left, police believe he went to the Spanish Fork Airport and took a Cessna Citation 525 jet. The plane belonged to the company he worked for and he had access to it, but he did not personally own it, according to Sandoval.


Flying was one of their father's loves, the children said. He used to fly for Pinnacle Airlines, which is now Endeavor Air, a company that operates as Delta Connection.


The plane clipped a shed across the street before hitting the house, possibly altering the trajectory of the aircraft's flight pattern, Sandoval said. "We don't know what his ultimate goal (was), whether he meant to hit (the home) low like he did or he meant to hit it higher."

Charred remains of the plane were in front of the house Monday next to a car that was tipped onto its side. Remarkably, a good portion of the house was still standing.

"Our house just shook … really loud — loudest explosion I've probably ever heard," said neighbor Tyler Geldmacher. "And then we ran to the front door and you could see flames bigger than their house."


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