UPDATE: NTSB releases more details on fatal plane crash in Tooele County

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FRIDAY 07/02/21 6:30 p.m.

TOOELE COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) – The National Transportation Safety Board is releasing more details regarding the deadly small plane crash in Tooele County, Friday.

According to the NTSB, on June 17, “the pilot was traveling with her granddaughter, and the trip was planned as a Father’s Day surprise for the pilot’s father, who lived near El Centro. According to the friend, the pilot opted to fly overnight to avoid the heat and turbulence associated with flying over the desert, and had planned to sleep for two hours in the airport during the stop at CDC.”

Officials state the aircraft was not equipped with an ADS-B transponder, and information regarding the plane’s uneventful descent was compiled utilizing preliminary radar data.

SATURDAY 06/18/21 1:29 p.m.

TOOELE COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) – The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a deadly small plane crash in Tooele County, Saturday.

According to NTSB, on June 18, a small plane, model: Piper PA-28-140, crashed near Rush Valley, around 1:29 p.m., killing two people.

Detectives with the Bureau are investigating the scene as of June 19. It is unknown at this time what caused the crash.

According to Keith Holloway with NTSB, the crash has resulted in two confirmed fatals.

The model is known to be a single-engine craft with about two or four seats.

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The Tooele County Sheriff’s Office also confirms the crash.

The downed aircraft is also a result of the Morgan Canyon Fire.

“Fire investigators have confirmed the cause of the Morgan Canyon Fire was the result of downed
aircraft in the Deseret Peak Wilderness, occurring late Thursday evening. The National Transportation
Safety Board (NTSB), along with the Tooele County Sheriff assisted in the investigation.
The fire has burned approximately 37 acres in the Deseret Peak Wilderness in Tooele County,
southwest of Grantsville, UT. It is currently 0% contained,” details Sierra Hellstrom with the USDA, Forest Service.

The scene remains under investigation.

ABC4 will update as the story develops.

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