RIVERDALE, Utah (ABC4 News) – Two married couples were killed when the small plane they were in crashed Wednesday afternoon, according to officials.
48-year-old Layne Clarke was believed to be the pilot; he and his 46-year-old wife Diana were taking their friends, 45-year-old Perry and 42-year-old Sarah Huffaker to Idaho for vacation.
“Pray for them, pray for their families. There’s a big loss in this community today,” said Bishop Steve Cottle, who knew both families.
According to the airport manager for the Ogden-Hinckley Airport, the engine of the plane they were all in stalled during takeoff. Clarke was likely trying to return to the airport but the plane crashed.
“It makes no sense why four such great people have to be taken so sudden,” said Cottle.
“Just great people. People that, if there was more people like them in this world, this world would be a different place, no doubt about it,” added Cottle.
He says Clarke “was a great pilot” and the community is stunned at the news.
Perry Huffaker was parks director for the city of Ogden, Cottle says.
Ogden City mourns the sudden loss of colleague and friend, Perry Huffaker. In a fatal plane crash July 26, Huffaker along with wife, Sarah. pic.twitter.com/ewqzproMyE— Ogden City (@OgdenCityUtah) July 27, 2017
“It doesn’t make sense right now. But at least there’s the hope that one day it will. But right now it doesn’t,” said Cottle.
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