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June 2, 2011
A single-engine plane crashed along the Utah-Nevada border on Wednesday afternoon, killing all four people on board.
The crash occurred at 2:45 p.m. near a Wendover, Utah, airport. Though the cause of the crash hasn’t been determined, the plane went down during extreme wind conditions, says Tooele County Emergency Management spokesman Wade Matthews.
“We know the pilot in the Cessna 172 was on approach for landing at the Wendover airport when he ran into a weather situation and crashed into the dirt,” Matthews told Reuters. ”All four people on board were killed.”
Tooele County Director of Airports James Peterson told Reuters that the pilot had called ahead to notify Wendover Airport that he would be landing and wanted to fuel up.
A witness notes that the plane hit the ground at the steep angle but didn’t catch fire.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the accident.
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