The Pitts Model 12 that crash landed near Bluffdale Saturday is shown in this photo from 2010.
BLUFFDALE — A couple flying to New Mexico from Washington are lucky to be alive after their small plane made an unexpected stopover in Bluffdale Saturday night.
After losing power and landing in an open field, the biplane came to rest on its top about a mile north of Camp Williams.
“Luckily, it was in a remote area where no one was living nearby and he did a good job of bringing it down,” said Capt. Tom Jones, Bluffdale Fire Department.
In their 50s, pilot Scott Tubb and his wife, Merry Tubb, suffered minor injuries when during the rough landing their Pitts Model 12 Super Stinker, a high performance aerobatic biplane, flipped.
They were transported to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, where they were treated and released.
The pilot is reported as having 39 years of experience flying. Their original destination listed with the Aviation Safety Network was Provo Municipal Airport from Friday Harbor in Arlington, Wash., having left at 11:30 a.m. the same day.
The first report of a plane down came in around 7:15 p.m., according to the Bluffdale police.
Scott Tubb brought the plane down after passing over homes and power lines. He managed to open the cockpit canopy and help his wife out, who was shaken up from the crash.
“I was actually on Camp Williams road when someone pulled me over. They said they saw the plane come down and then saw a big cloud of dust,” Cpl. Matt Schauerhamer said.
The rugged terrain and sage brush slowed rescuers down. The area is used for free grazing but was fenced in and remote.
“EMS did a good job of hiking in to them. A couple of Bluffdale EMTs took their lifesaving equipment and hiked in from Camp Williams Road,” Schauerhamer said.
“It went well. They were in a little bit of a tough spot to get to, but we eventually were able to get to the crash site,” Jones said.
The Pitts Model 12 is rare, comparative to other biplanes, and was extensively damaged during the landing. The plane was the 50th model 12 built in the history of the plane.
The Saratoga Springs Police Department contracts with Bluffdale and along with the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.