SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Police have identified two men who died in a small plane crash over the weekend in the mountains of northern Utah.
Devin Criddle, 26, died Saturday morning at the crash scene near the Powder Mountain ski area, authorities said. He was a student at Utah State University on his first flight in hopes of one day becoming a pilot, his sister Carlee Criddle told KTVX-TV in Salt Lake City.
Braeden Raleigh, 21, was his instructor for what was supposed to be a 45-minute introductory flight, the station reported. He suffered severe burns and died after being airlifted to the University of Utah burn center.
The plane crashed shortly after takeoff at Hinkley Airport in Ogden after witnesses reported seeing a low-flying plane followed by an explosion, the County Sheriff’s Office said. Weber in a statement.
The National Transportation Safety Board said it was investigating the Cessna 172S crash.
It was not immediately clear who was in control of the plane when it crashed or what to descend.
The accident caused a small fire, but officials said the site was cold and humid and the fire was quickly extinguished.
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