Two Washington men escaped injury Tuesday night when an experimental aircraft they had just purchased in Emery County crash-landed near a state highway west of Utah Lake.
Vic Druzianich, 69, Aberdeen, Wash., and Frank Hart, 73, also of Aberdeen, Wash., purchased the small plane Tuesday in Orangeville and were flying the aircraft back to Washington when it lost power over Utah Lake shortly after 6 p.m.Druzianich attempted an emergency landing on U-68 about 17 miles south of Lehi but landed about 40 feet off the highway when he noticed a vehicle coming down the road. The plane rolled about 200 feet before coming to rest in the sagebrush, damaging the landing gear and bottom of the plane. Druzianich and Hart were taken by a passing motorist to a hotel in Lehi and contacted authorities about four hours later.
Utah County sheriff's officials first learned of the accident when Fire Warden Ron Cole spotted the wreckage at about 6:30 p.m.