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Two Men Killed In Morgan County Plane Crash

Sep 5, 2019, 10:24 AM | Updated: Sep 6, 2019, 5:12 am
Crews respond after a single-engine aircraft crashed in Morgan County on Sept. 5, 2019 (Photo: Chop...
Crews respond after a single-engine aircraft crashed in Morgan County on Sept. 5, 2019 (Photo: Chopper 5)
(Photo: Chopper 5)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Two men were killed in an airplane crash in Morgan County.

Authorities with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office identified the pilots as Samuel Cortright, 34, and Kenneth Cram, 50, on Thursday.

Sgt. Craig Tillet said the plane took off from Evanston, Wyoming, with Cortright and Cram on board. Both were pilots.

The two men were aboard a Cessna 210 and were last heard from around 3 a.m. Thursday. Concerns that the plane might have crashed came after a woman contacted authorities, concerned that her husband never made it home.

“To the best of my knowledge, it’s a company that flies helicopters and planes, checking pipelines,” Tillet said.

Farmer Scott Reese said deputies informed him Thursday morning that the plane might have gone down somewhere on his property, based on a ping that placed the plane around that area. Reece said that he, along with his son, found it quickly after looking in some of the steeper terrain there. Reece said based on the wreckage, it looked like plane struck the ground hard.

“These two guys did not suffer,” Reese said. “I mean once they had the bugeebees scared out of them, knowing that they were done, there was instant death. I don’t think they had a chance, no suffering at all. And it was very difficult … There’s going to be some sad families tonight.”

A search began for the aircraft after GPS coordinates were obtained through the plane’s company.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were notified and will investigate the cause of the crash.

Crews respond after a single-engine aircraft crashed in Morgan County on Sept. 5, 2019 (Photo: Chopper 5) Crews respond after a single-engine aircraft crashed in Morgan County on Sept. 5, 2019 (Photo: Chopper 5)
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