Deputies identify 4 Utahns killed in Utah County plane crash

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UTAH COUNTY (ABC4 News) – Utah County Sheriff’s Office identified the four Utahns killed in a small plane crash in American Fork Canyon Friday.

The victims are identified Tyson Colby Brummett, 35, of Salt Lake City, Alex Blackhurst Ruegner, 35, of Riverton, and Alex’s aunt and uncle Elaine W. Blackhurst, 60, and her husband, Douglas Robinson Blackhurst, 62, both of Riverton.

The sheriff’s office said they were dispatched to the report of a small plane crash near Box Elder Peak in American Fork Canyon just before 8 a.m.

A man and two of his sons were hiking when they saw the plane begin to turn, then spiral downward. The witness said the plane spiraled out of his view and moments later he heard the impact. Deputies said he hiked up further to call 911, and then climbed down to the plane and verified that the occupants died on impact.

Utah County Search and Rescue responded, Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter and Lone Peak Fire and Ambulance all responded to the scene where emergency personnel verified that all four of the plane’s occupants appeared to have died on impact. 

The DPS crew assisted the Medical Examiner with recovering the bodies of the victims.  Those bodies were transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Taylorsville. 

NTSB and FAA investigators will respond to the site to investigate the cause of the crash.

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