An 83-year-old Midvale man was injured after his plane crashed while trying to take off near Delle Sunday morning.
George Cravens was trying to take off from an airstrip west of Delle, which is privately owned, at about 10:45 a.m. but could not get enough speed to achieve liftoff and crashed into a pile of dirt, according to Lt. Jeff Morgan of the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office. Witnesses — another pilot and flight instructor taking off in a separate plane — said Cravens did not want to use the entire runway, and could not get enough speed to take off from the portion he used.
“He said he didn’t like the runway they were taking off from so he thought he would take off from where he was,” Morgan said.
The plane flipped on to its nose and left wing. When officers and medical personnel arrived, Cravens was in a trailer in the area, west of the Delle service station, with a bandage on his head and blood on his clothes.
Morgan said Cravens and the other pilot, a 55-yearold Sandy man who was flying with a flight instructor, were going to fly back to Salt Lake. Cravens told officers he did not see the pile of dirt, and did not remember anything else about the incident, Morgan said.
The crash is currently under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration.