Cell phone video captures Utah plane crash
A single-engine Cessna 175 which crashed in a field in northern Utah Saturday afternoon, after its engine failed. / KUTV
WELLSVILLE, Utah The crash of a small plane in Utah was captured by one of the passengers on his cell phone, from the moment the plane began to fail to after the single-engine Cessna 175 wound up, upside-down, in a field in Cache County.
Jonathan and Kara Fielding were aboard a family's friend plane Saturday afternoon, marking Kara's birthday, along with their seven-month-old baby and Kara's mother. It was Kara's first trip on an airplane.
Jonathan documented the trip on video as the plane cleared the Wellsville Mountains, and shared his experience with CBS Affiliate KUTV. "We are just over the top of the overpass," he narrated. "We are told that there's carburetor ice, so this is kind of exciting. I'm not worried. I think we're going to be just fine."
Pilot Lynn Goodsell turned on the carburetor heater, but the engine shut down. Goodsell began reviewing his emergency checklist, and searched for an impromptu landing spot below.
"Just got a prayer in our heart. I think we're gonna be just fine," Jonathan said.
All five remained calm as the plane hovered over a Wellsville neighborhood.
"We're going to land in a field, right here," Jonathan said calmly, just before the plane touched down in a wide expanse of snow, only to flip over.
The phone flew from Jonathan's hands but continued to record the crash, and the reactions of passengers who were strapped in their seats, upside-down.
The baby is heard crying for a few seconds. The adults unbuckled their seatbelts and climbed out, uninjured.
In an otherwise serene scene lay Goodsell's plane, totaled.
Jonathan Fielding asked his wife if she would ever fly again; she answered "yes."
KUTV correspondent Christine McCarthy reports the FAA and NTSB are investigating.
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