Terrified reporter runs barefoot toward plane crash on highway (video)


A horrifying plane crash that occurred in the middle of a busy street quickly erupted in flames, and a reporter who ran to the scene in her bare feet captured it all on Facebook Live.

The single-engine plane had just taken off from Ogden-Hinckley Airport when it experienced problems and was trying to make an emergency landing in the street. Witnesses later said it could have landed safely but, unfortunately, it struck the back of a car as it descended, causing the crash.

Nicole Vowell, a reporter and news anchor for KSL-TV, had just finished an interview at a home in Roy, Utah, Tuesday afternoon, and was putting her equipment back in her car when she witnessed a small plane teetering overhead. Moments later, she saw it crash in the middle of the busy highway, just a few blocks from where she sat.

Vowell jumped out of her car, with her phone on Facebook Live, and took off running, kicking her shoes off in the rush, as she hurried down the sidewalk to the scene of the crash.

“Holy crap, I am shaking,” she exclaimed, jumping out of the car, and talking as she ran. “We just witnessed a plane crash while we were up here in Roy. We just witnessed it right in front of us, and it just crashed in the middle of the road. I don’t even know what road I’m on!” she said.

As she arrived on the scene, with the plane already in flames, she said, “I can feel the heat!” Vowell checked on a woman sitting on the sidewalk, who had been driving the car that the plane hit, and confirmed that she was ok, then interviewed other witnesses while emergency help was arriving.

The plane’s pilot, a 63-year-old man, who was helped by someone nearby to get out of the plane immediately after it crashed, was able to walk away on his own and was talking to paramedics.

The driver of the vehicle, a 43-year-old woman, had also been assisted out of her vehicle.

Miraculously, neither was seriously injured, but both the pilot and the driver were taken to the hospital as a precaution.

One witness, Cami Hess, said she had just walked out of a convenience store when she saw the plane wobbling and knew it was going down.

“I watched the plane, and it was going like this,” she said, moving her hands in a motion that indicated the plane was wobbling, “and I was like, ‘That plane is going down,’ and the next thing you hear is the boom and the fire everywhere.”

“I’m angry, I live right by here. This is the second crash in two months, this is unacceptable,” Hess said. On July 26, another plane crashed on I-15 in Riverdale after taking off from the same airport, killing four people.

Jay Barnes, another witness who was interviewed, narrowly missed getting hit by the plane himself, as he was driving just ahead of the car that was hit. He said one wheel of the plane hit the back of the woman’s car, behind him, spinning it around. When the plane hit the pavement, it burst into flames.

“I watched the plane go right over the top of me and land right on that car,” said witness Jay Barnes. “If the car wasn’t there, he would have been able to land.”

Below is the original Facebook Live broadcast by Vowell, including her running to the crash scene.

Vowell posted an update on her Facebook page shortly after the initial video, saying, “We have learned the 63-year-old pilot and the 43-year-old woman involved in the #Roy plane crash are ok, they have been taken to the hospital, their injuries are non-life threatening, thank God.”

One Twitter follower, Richard Bell, congratulated Vowell on her coverage of the story and asked if she got her shoes back. Vowell responded with a thank you, saying, “And yes, I got my shoes back.”

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