Author Topic: Pilot Flying for UPS Dies at 30 After Plane Crashes Into Potato Processing Plant  (Read 3417 times)

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Looked for any flight data, and haven't found any.
(RIP, and thoughts and prayers with the family.)

An experienced pilot died at 30 last week after crashing into a potato processing plant in Idaho.

On Wednesday morning around 9 a.m., Heyburn Police Department and emergency responders dispatched to Gem State Processing Plant, where they found that the pilot had crashed a single-engine plane, according to a statement.

Though authorities did not name the pilot, who was the sole occupant of the plane and did not survive, the Minidoka County Coroner identified the victim to PEOPLE as Chelsea Brittney Infanger. An autopsy has performed, and the case has been handed off to the FAA and NTSB, according to Minidoka County Coroner Lucky Bourn.

No one at the processing plant was injured in the crash, police said in the statement.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed the immediate details of the crash in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. The investigation into the accident is being conducted by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board, which is leading the inquiry.  Infanger, who was flying a Cessna 208B plane registered to Gem Air, was bringing packages from Burley Municipal Airport to Salt Lake City International Airport, the FAA said. No data has been released by the NTSB at this time.

"Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family of the pilot involved in the accident in Burley, Idaho," UPS spokesperson Jim Mayer told PEOPLE. "While the accident did not involve a UPS aircraft or employees, the flight from Salt Lake City, UT to Burley was contracted to carry UPS packages."

Infanger's father, Jim Bob Infanger, who is also a pilot, told East Idaho News that his daughter had 11 years of flying experience and was familiar with the airport where the crash occurred.

"There's a 60-foot chimney sticking out of the top of the food processing plant — no lights on it, dead center — straight across the runway," he told the outlet. "So whenever you come in, you have to fly over the top of this and drop down."