The pilot of a light airplane was in critical condition Friday, the day after he crashed during an emergency landing in southern Utah County on Thursday, killing a passenger.
However, Nicholas Soter, 66, of South Jordan, was improving. Utah Valley Regional Medical Center spokesman Ryan LeCheminant said doctors reported that Soter's vital signs had stabilized.
It was Soter who was believed to have clipped power lines Thursday about 10:25 a.m., during an attempted emergency landing on U.S. 89 near the Utah-Sanpete county line. He had just called in a "May Day" to the Spanish Fork Municipal Airport tower, reporting fire in the cockpit.