A Boise, Idaho family is in critical condition following a Utah plane crash on Sunday, but are members are alive thanks to the quick actions of nearby witnesses.
On the morning of Sunday, August 11, 56-year-old pilot Steven Sedlacek took off from West Jordan’s South Valley Regional Airport with his wife Kathleen, 57, and daughter Anna Looper, 28. Bystanders say that the plane had trouble gaining altitude from the start, and lowered its landing gear right before banking and striking a berm, eventually coming to rest in a soccer field about one mile from the airport.
Fortunately, Staff Sergeant Robert Kelley with the Utah National Guard saw the troubled plane and sped toward the field in an effort to help. Kelley, who flies helicopters in his free time, knew that it was only a matter of time before the plane caught fire. When he arrived at the scene, he pulled Kathleen Sedlacek out of the plane and a safe distance from the wreckage. Former volunteer firefighter David Lawrence had also seen the plane go down, and arrived shortly after to pull Anna Looper from the wreck. Both women were conscious, but seriously injured.
Steven Sedlacek, however, was sliding in and out of consciousness, and was removed from the plane shortly before the fuel tanks exploded in flames. The Sedlaceks are listed in critical, yet stable, condition, and Anna Looper is said to be in serious but stable condition. Investigators have yet to determine what caused the plane to crash.
The Arizona aviation attorneys at Curry, Pearson & Wooten wish the Sedlaceks and Ms. Looper a speedy and complete recovery.