UVU plane’s landing gear fails at Provo airport
PROVO, Utah — A Utah Valley University School of Aviation Sciences plane crashed at the Provo Municipal Airport Monday morning.
Captain Sam Armstrong with Provo Fire & Rescue said the crash was reported just after 8:30 a.m. while the plane was performing a touch-and-go landing and takeoff procedure.
The landing was successful but Armstrong said the plane’s landing gear failed while the aircraft was on the runway, prior to taking off.
Two people were on board but no injuries were reported in the crash, and no delays had been reported by airport officials.
Authorities have not said what may have caused the plane’s landing gear to fail.
According to UVU, the plane was one of four Piper PA-44 Seminoles that were added to the school’s aviation fleet in 2019.
At that time, Alan Dennis, UVU Aviation’s chief flight instructor, said, “The aircraft was evaluated and compared to other light, multi-engine training aircraft and then selected through the university’s RFP process. The aircraft will give students experience with traditional light multi-engine aircraft systems operation as well as advanced avionics.”
The school said it uses strict operational rules and the highest standards of maintenance for managing wear and tear for aircraft in its aviation program, which has over 300 students in training.
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