WEST JORDAN -- The National Transportation Safety Board says a small airplane made a spiral nosedive from about 400 feet above ground before crashing near an elementary school in West Jordan.
The agency has released its preliminary report on the Sept. 15 crash that killed 60-year-old pilot Randolph Flores of Palominas, Ariz., and his dog, but did not hurt any bystanders.
Authorities say the pilot radioed a Salt Lake City airport saying he was about to land, when the aircraft crashed just before 12:30 p.m. less than a mile from a runway.
Officials say the plane landed upright on a sidewalk 5 feet away from a school administrative building. No damage was reported to the building.
Investigators have not yet released a cause for the crash.