Four die in small plane crash in Utah

by nph | May 30th, 2012

May 30, 2012

Four young men died early Saturday morning in a single-engine Cessna 172 crash about 300 feet south of St. George Municipal Airport in St. George, Utah, reports the Deseret News.

Two of the victims were from Santa Clara, one from Washington City and another from St. George.

The crash was not discovered until 6 a.m. when airport staff began to return to work. Though there were no eyewitnesses nor airport personnel present at the time, it is believed that the crash happened about 1:30 a.m.

This aviation accident’s cause is a mystery. It is not yet known who was piloting the plane nor who owns it. Because the airport is not staffed at night, whether the aircraft was taking off or landing is also unknown at this time.

The assistant city manager said that reaching the airplane immediately would not have made any difference to the four people on board, “Even if we could have discovered this within minutes, it’s apparent that there were no survivors and everyone died on impact.”

The crash will be investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board, which typically takes a week or two for a preliminary report and several months for a probable cause report.

The aviation accident attorneys at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy send our condolences to the family and friends of the four young men who died in this crash.