Pilot dying from heart attack lands on road, saving 3 lives

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A pilot who was having a heart attack Sunday morning made an emergency landing on State Road 30, about a mile west of Park Valley, saving the lives of his three passengers. After safely landing his Cessna 185 in Box Elder County, Jack Francis, 61, was taken to Bear River Hospital in Tremont, where he later died, Utah Highway Patrol spokesman Derek Jensen said. On board the plane, which ran off the highway and hit a fence before coming to a stop, was Francis' wife and another couple, Jensen said. They were not injured. "He basically saved these other three peoples' lives by landing the plane on the highway," Jensen said. Francis, who was the president of Francis Trucking in Brigham City, had taken off from Jackpot, Nev., and was headed to Brigham City when he made the emergency landing.

- Lisa Rosetta