Identities of two people killed in small plane crash near Cedar City released

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UPDATE: 8/4/2020 – The Iron County Sheriff’s Office have identified the victims from Sunday’s plane crash in Cedar City as  Darwin Mao, 52 and Richard Essex, 63, both from Las Vegas.

UPDATE: 3:20 P.M. The Iron County Sheriff’s Office said they received calls of an aircraft in distress 5 miles south of the Cedar City Regional Airport around 8:45 a.m.

The aircraft then reportedly struck a communications tower which is approximately 300 feet tall near 6500 West 4000 South in Cedar City.

Cedar City fire department, Gold Cross ambulance and Utah Highway Patrol responded and found the two men on board, ages 52, and 63 had died at the scene.

The aircraft is a single-engine North American Navion which is a World War II-era aircraft. All
further information about this crash will be released by the FAA or NTSB.


IRON COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Authorities responded to a small plane crash in Cedar City Sunday morning.

Iron County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the crash, which occurred around 8:45 a.m., as seen in this photo provided by Cedar City news where the plane hit a tower near I-15.

Authorities investigate plane crash in Cedar City. Photo: Cedar City/St. George news

The two people on board were killed.

*Developing* ABC4 will continue to update as information becomes available.

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