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Ogden plane crash victims continue recovery

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Bystanders help out after a small-plane crash off I-15 in Roy on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019.

Brittany Stoffers

ROY — As federal officials investigate a weekend plane crash, the two occupants of the aircraft are continuing their recoveries.

The Piper single-engine aircraft crashed about 3:30 p.m. Sunday, hitting a billboard next to I-15 in Roy about a half-mile southwest of Ogden-Hinckley Airport shortly after taking off.

Two people on board were critically injured. A third person who tried to help the victims was also taken to local hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Several people on social media have identified one of the victims as Bryce Ransom. He suffered multiple broken bones, including both ankles, his sternum, ribs, nose, hand and knee, according to a GoFundMe fundraiser set up for him.

Ransom has two children and his wife is due to give birth to their third child any day, according to friends on Facebook.

The name of the other victim was not immediately released.

Recordings of air traffic controller communications indicate that about two minutes after the plane was cleared for takeoff, the plane told the Ogden tower that “we’re going down.”

Shortly after, another airplane near the airport told the tower that it could see the downed plane about a half-mile off the south end of the runway.

The tail number on the plane is the same as a plane that was forced to make an emergency landing on I-15 near Ogden in May 2018.

In that incident, a flight instructor and a student were in the plane when it experienced a mechanical issue, according to the Utah Highway Patrol. The instructor made the decision to land on the freeway, and hit a car while landing. No one was injured.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Security Administration will investigate Sunday’s crash.