UPDATE: 4/24/22 4:46 p.m.

CEDAR CITY, Utah (ABC4) – Iron County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) has released the identities of the occupants in the plane crash that occurred Saturday evening outside Cedar City.

The aircraft, a 2004 Diamond DA-40, was flown by Pilot Steven Eatchel of Springville, Utah, along with his wife Lindsay Eatchel, Thomas Eatchel, and Danielle Deagostini of Sandy City.

Steve was a Deputy in Corrections and has been with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office (UCSO) for nearly 12 years.

“His gentle manner and ever-present smile will be missed,” UCSO says in a Facebook post.

They leave behind 4 children.

According to a press release, the plane left the Spanish Fork Municipal Airport at around 2:45 p.m., en route to Cedar City, arriving at the Cedar Regional Airport at around 4:10 p.m.

After a layover that lasted two and a half hours, the plane took off at approximately 6:38 p.m. for a sightseeing tour of the Zion National Park, and was following SR-14 in an easterly direction before radar communication lost the aircraft at 6:42 p.m.

On scene deputies stated that based off the debris, plane orientation, and damage to foliage, it appeared that the plane crashed heading west from an easterly direction.

Investigators from the ICSO along with Federal Investigators from the FAA and NTSB will conduct a scene investigation to determine the cause of this crash.

The ICSO would like to extend their deepest sympathy to the family and friends of those who lost their lives in this tragic event.


ORIGINAL STORY: 4/24/22 9:25 a.m.

CEDAR CITY, Utah (ABC4) – At 6:47 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, authorities discovered a downed aircraft around five miles east of Cedar City on SR14.

Cedar communication received the call regarding a fire, and Iron County Sheriff deputies, UHP Troopers, and Color County Fire personnel were notified and responded to the scene.

After discovering the burning remains of the downed aircraft, paramedics from Gold Cross Ambulance, Cedar Fire personnel, and members of Iron County Search & Rescue were dispatched and arrived on scene to assist.

The aircraft was single engine, fixed wing, and was occupied by four people, who were all pronounced deceased.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) were also notified.

Law enforcement is currently attempting to identify the plane’s occupants.

Iron County Sheriff’s Office states in a press release, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to all family members and friends of the deceased.”

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.