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Pilot Dies After Small Plane Crashes Into Roy Neighborhood

Jan 15, 2020, 3:35 PM | Updated: Jan 16, 2020, 12:16 am

ROY, Utah – The pilot of a small airplane has been killed after his twin engine Cessna crashed into a Weber County townhome neighborhood.

Emergency crews have been called out to the scene where a small plane crash in a Weber County neighborhood.

The crash happened just after 3 p.m. in the Stony Brook townhouse complex near 5000 South and Airport Road in Roy. The crash was about a mile away from the plane’s intended destination.

Officials from the Roy City Police Department said a 64-year-old man took off from the Skypark Airport in Bountiful at 3 p.m., and was scheduled to land at the Ogden-Hinkley Airport at 3:11 p.m.

The man was later identified as David Goode. He was the founder and president of Goode Ski Technologies based in Ogden, Utah. The company released a statement about his passing on their website.

The 1969 Cessna was seen flying north along the route of Interstate 15 when witnesses said it suddenly banked left. A witness driving down the interstate told KSL they saw the plane turn abruptly and then fall from the sky, followed by a black plume of smoke.

Police said a wing of the plane struck the roof of a townhouse, embedding part of the wing into the structure.

The fuselage then struck the pavement in the complex and slid up to another home. A fence at the home was knocked over and the home suffered damage to the siding.

Crews from the Roy City Fire Department were on the scene, pouring water on the burning, smoldering wreckage. Firefighters from the Weber Fire District were also at the scene.

Emergency responders were working in tight spaces on the roadway between the townhouses, and in near-freezing conditions.

Video from one residents showed fire after the initial crash, followed by an explosion and loud boom. In another video, officials asked residents to back away at least 100 feet from the crash site.

Officials said Goode was the only person in the plane.

Goode Skis released a statement on their founder’s passing.

Dave, 64, died Wednesday while taking part in one of his many passions, piloting his airplane.

Through his numerous technological advancements in both water skiing and snow skiing, and financial support of countless events and athletes in both sports, Dave touched the lives of thousands of people by helping them, and the sports they love, push the limits of performance.

A 2014 USA Water Ski Hall of Fame Award of Distinction recipient and member of the Michigan Water Ski Hall of Fame, Dave was an accomplished international competitor in both sports, recently winning the downhill event at the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Alpine Masters National Speed Series and earning a bronze medal in trick skiing at the Pan American Senior Water Ski Championships.

Dave leaves behind his beloved wife Dawn, parents Paul and Mimi, children Michael Goode, Lisa Goode McHugh (John), Whitney Hebard Felkl (Hans), Gregory Hebard (Adrianna), and granddaughters Maple Julia McHugh and Sunny Elizabeth Hebard.

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Pilot Dies After Small Plane Crashes Into Roy Neighborhood