David Goode, 62, the founder of a Utah-based ski tech company was killed Wednesday when his mysteriously nose-dived into a residential neighborhood just outside of Salt Lake City, officials said. Nobody else was injured.
Goode, founder and president of Goode Ski Technologies, took off at 3 pm from Bountiful and was expected to land in Ogden at 3:11 pm. But, just half a mile from the runway, Goode’s twin-engine Cessna crashed into a residential neighborhood 30 miles north of Salt Lake City, KSL-TV reported.
One witness driving on Interstate 15 told the local station that Goode, 64, appeared to be “really struggling” just before the crash. He added that he saw the plane pitch sharply left before nose-diving near the interstate and exploding.
The National Transportation Safety Board announced that it would be investigating the crash but released no preliminary cause.
Goode was the recipient of the 2014 USA Water Ski Hall of Fame Award of Distinction and a 2014 USA Water Ski Hall of Fame Award of Distinction recipient, Goode Skis said in a statement on Facebook.
“Through his numerous technological advancements in both water skiing and snow skiing, and financial support of countless events and athletes in both sports, Dave touched the lives of thousands of people by helping them, and the sports they love, push the limits of performance,” the statement read.
Goode leaves behind his wife, Dawn, as well as children and grandchildren.