Missing plane located, wrecked in Huntington
Oct 29, 2023, 10:04 AM | Updated: Oct 30, 2023, 3:55 pm
HUNTINGTON, Emery County — A Cessna T206H single-engine plane that went missing was located on Saturday near Huntington.
At 6:15 p.m. on Friday, Emery County Sherriff’s Office Dispatch received information from Salt Lake Air Traffic Control of a possible plane crash.
Traffic Control had been tracking a plane from Vernal Regional Airport and the plane had abruptly stopped transmitting its GPS location over the mountains west of Huntington Utah.
A search began with an Emery County officer on Friday, using the coordinates last transmitted from the plane. The officer was unable to get to the exact location because of the rough and steep terrain.
The Department of Public Safety’s Aero Bureau then sent a helicopter to search the area on Friday evening. The wreckage was located at approximately 8:30 p.m. and they found the pilot did not survive. The helicopter was unable to safely maneuver the cliff face in the dark, so recover efforts were paused.
The helicopter returned on Saturday morning, where two officers were hoisted down to the crash scene to process the scene and recover the body of the pilot.
The identity of the pilot has not been identified. There were no passengers on board.
The Emery county Sherriff’s office said that the National Transportation Safety Board is conducting an investigation.