“I’m very blessed — no other way to describe coming out of that airplane without anything but a couple of scratches”
– Joel Skousen
Transcribed by Jeff Fenske
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Pilot feels ‘blessed’ after surviving plane crash
Joel Skousen isn’t sure how many times he’s piloted an airplane and landed safely.
But he certainly knows how many times he’s crashed one.
The 67-year-old Orem man was flying his Glasair I home from a job in Las Vegas when the plane had a problem with the flow of fuel, causing the engine to stall, according to Spanish Fork Police Lt. Matt Johnson.
“It’s the first time I’ve done an accident, an engine-out landing to a field,” said Skousen.
He attempted to land the plane safely in a field near 1950 North and 300 West, but the condition of the field caused the landing gear to dig into the soil. The plane was completely totaled in the wreck, after flipping and partially detaching the wings, Johnson said. …
He also said there was a moment when he realized he was OK, that he got emotional.
“It’s really tough to go through an accident,” Skousen said. “I’m very blessed. There’s no other way to describe coming out of that with only a couple of scratches.”