SYRACUSE -- A plane lay belly up in an alfalfa field near Syracuse High School Tuesday morning after crash-landing there the night before.
The pilot, a Sandy resident, was flying to Salt Lake City when his Cessna 172 single-engine plane lost power at about 9:30 p.m. Monday.
"He doesn't know what happened," Syracuse Police Chief Brian Wallace said. "He had gas, he just had engine failure."
Air traffic controllers cleared the pilot to land at the Ogden-Hinckley Airport, but he could not reach the airport before the engine died. He circled above Syracuse before crashing into the field near the high school.
The pilot suffered minor injuries to his foot in the emergency landing. Even so, Wallace said, the pilot was walking around after refusing medical attention and was talking with public safety officials after the crash.
The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane sustained substantial damage; Wallace described it as "totaled."
Syracuse Police have finished their investigation, but the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are actively investigating what caused the aircraft's engine to fail.
Officials have released the plane, leaving the pilot to make arrangements to remove the wreckage.