The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report on the December 5th, 2010 crash of a private plane into a neighborhood in Roy, Utah, and concludes that the pilot, Clayton Roop, hit a power pole during the final approach. The details of the mishap were provided in this December 6th post.
Roop was instrument-rated. Airfield weather conditions at the time indicated a half-mile visibility and broken clouds at 100 feet. Emergency responders told investigators visibility was even less than that on the ground. During his approach, Roop hit the power pole, then slammed into some trees before crashing at one home, inflicting some damage upon an adjacent home in a Roy neighborhood that has seen previous crashes due to the approach directly over the neighborhood. Roop, who suffered severe burns in the crash, remains hospitalized at the University of Utah burn unit in Salt Lake City; as of December 7th, he had been upgraded from critical to serious condition.
Because of several complaints from people living in the neighborhood, the Federal Aviation Administration is likely to re-examine the approach and its clearances before issuing its final report. One resident previously recommended that the flight approach pattern be changed so that planes attempting to land at Ogden-Hinckley Airport would travel northerly over open fields and industrial areas instead of homes.