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A plane makes an approach to land behind a billboard another plane struck south of the Ogden-Hinckley Airport in Roy on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. The plane, which was carrying two passengers, struck the billboard on takeoff and plunged into the grass next to the southbound lanes of I-15. Both passengers were transported to the hospital in critical condition. The southbound lanes of I-15 were expected to remain closed for several hours, according to the Roy Police Department. (Photo: Colter Petersen, Deseret News)
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Family Of Flight Instructor Involved In I-15 Plane Crash Speaks

ROY, Utah — Family members of the flight instructor who was injured in Sunday’s plane crash near Interstate 15 in Roy said he suffered serious injuries but they expect him to recover.

Authorities said the single-engine plane that crashed alongside Interstate 15 Sunday after hitting a billboard has had mechanical issues in the past — the same plane made an emergency landing on I-15 in Riverdale on May 26, 2018.

In the 2018 incident, no one was hurt and investigators said the plane experienced a mechanical issue.

The flight school plane took off from Ogden-Hinckley Airport around 3:30 p.m. Sunday but didn’t make it far, hitting a Chick-Fil-A billboard in Roy near 4500 South and crashing just off of the freeway.

Bryce Ransom, a 32-year-old flight instructor, and a student were critically injured in the crash.

Ransom’s family said they believe he’s going to be okay but he was seriously hurt Sunday.

“He has broken ribs, a bruised heart, bruised lungs, his legs are in bad shape,” said his sister April Wilcock. “He has a broken knee, a broken hand, a broken sternum. He’s in bad shape.”

Ransom’s family hopes he pulls through quickly. The flight instructor is a father of two with one more on the way.

“He and his wife are expecting their third child any second. She’s three days over her due date so she could go any second,” Wilcock said.

Wilcock said she doesn’t know what the future holds for her brother but said she can’t imagine him anywhere but inside an airplane.

“He’s never been one to let things stop him or tell him no, so I can see him getting back in the air. It might be a few months, but he’ll get back,” she said.

Family members have set up a GoFundMe page* to help Ransom and his family with medical expenses.

KSL reached out to flight school Axiom Aviation but the company declined to comment.

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