Utah State flight instructor, student killed in plane crash
Jun 24, 2022, 11:34 AM | Updated: 1:06 pm
CACHE COUNTY, Utah — Two people have died after a Utah State University aviation program plane crashed in southwestern Cache County.
USU Aviation confirmed flight instructor Blake Shumway and aviation student Michael Carpenter were on the Cessna 152 when it crashed near 2700 South state Route 23, between Mendon and Wellsville, around 9 a.m. Friday.
“We are devastated by this morning’s tragic crash and the loss of members in our USU community,” said USU President Noelle E. Cockett. “Every student and employee is part of our Aggie family, and we know many individuals will feel this loss deeply.”
USU Aviation said all flights have been canceled for the day.
Shumway was a certified flight instructor and has worked for USU Aviation since September. Carpenter was majoring in aviation technology/professional pilot and was scheduled to graduate this fall.
No cause for the crash has been released. The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.
NTSB investigating today's crash of a Cessna 152 in Logan, Utah.
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In 2016, a USU Aviation student died in a plane crash while flying as part of the school’s pilot training program. The program was also hit by tragedy when an instructor died in a 2021 plane crash in Davis County.