2 Couples Lost Life in Northern Utah Interstate 15 Small Plane Crash

Four people lost their lives when a small plane crashed on Wednesday on Utah highway.

The plane barreled across the lanes through a gap on the highway, narrowly missing the moving vehicles.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spokesperson, Allen Kenitzer, the small plane takeoff from a municipal airport, Ogden-Hinckley Airport, north of Salt Lake City mostly used by private pilots, but it went down soon after.

The small plane crash, a single engine Beech A36 Bonanza, burst into flames leaving behind a blackened wreckage, fortunately, nobody on the ground was hit. The accident happened at around 1 PM.

The two couples killed in the small plane crash were heading for a vacation and 48 year old Layne Clarke was flying the plane.

According to family friend and colleague Jeff Henderson, Clarke got his private license nearly five years back after one of his friend got him interested in aviation. Clarke owned an automotive paint shop.

The other three people killed in the crash are Layne’s wife, 46 year old Diana Clarke, and their friends, Perry, 45, and Sarah Huffaker, 42.

Perry Huffaker was a Ogden’s parks manager and he had served as the Ogden representative on the Pioneer Day rodeo committee, which had just wrapped its 2017 event.

According to the Utah Department of Public Safety, all the four people were from Utah.

The plane crash blocked the lanes of Interstate 15 in Riverdale, nearly thirty-five miles north of Salt Lake City.

The small plane crash is now being investigated by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

According to Utah Higway Patrol Sgt. Todd Royce, the A36 bonanza hit the edge of the interstate and slid across towards the northbound lanes and came to rest in the median.

A semitrailer driver Obdulio Ruiz told a newspaper that it looks like the pilot was trying to land the aircraft on Intersate, but lost control of the aircraft and crashed.

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April Demetropolis, another driver on the Interstate described the small planed crashed quite close to her car and she was able to feel the heat and reverberation from the explosion.

Source: SLTRIB, SFCHRONICLE

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