West Jordan Fire Battalion Chief Reed Scharman says the plane's pilot and his dog died on impact Thursday when the two-seat plane plummeted into the bushes and sidewalk outside Columbia Elementary School. No students were injured.
Scharman says the plane just missed the side of the building that houses the West Jordan school's administrative wing.
Jordan School District spokesman Steve Dunham says an airport is a few blocks from the school.
The pilot has been identified as 60-year-old Randolph Flores of Palominas, Ariz. Scharman says Flores' children live in the Salt Lake City area.
The crash is under investigation.