Plane Crashes Into Idaho Potato and Food Processing Plant, Killing the Pilot, Cops say

April 15, 2022

plane crashed into an Idaho potato and food processing plant, killing the pilot, police said.

It hit Gem State Processing in Heyburn in East Idaho at about 8:35 a.m. on Wednesday, April 13, city police said.

The pilot was the only person in the plane and died during the crash, police said. None of the employees at the processing plant were injured.

The single-engine plane crashed into the building and flipped on the roof, according to East Idaho News. It was registered to Spirit Air in Salmon, the news outlet reported.

The plane left the Salt Lake City International Airport at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, April 13, according to ABC 4. It was scheduled to land at the Burley Municipal Airport in Idaho at 8:35 a.m.

“The City of Heyburn sends its condolences to the family of the pilot, the aviation company, and to the Gem State Processing family during this difficult time,” police said in a news release. The identity of the pilot has not been publicly released.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash. The agencies will determine the cause of the crash.

Gem State Processing sources 18,000 acres of Idaho potatoes, according to Oregon Potato.

Heyburn is about 160 miles southeast of Boise and 38 miles east of Twin Falls.

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