Plane Involved in Deadly Utah Crash Registered to Midland

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH - According to the Associated Press, a plane involved in a deadly crash in Utah is registered to Midland.

The Federal Aviation Administration released a tail number that shows the plane was registered to Kyle Richardson of Midland, Texas.

No phone listing could be found for Richardson. Neighbors in Midland told The Associated Press that Richardson is a 28-year-old petroleum engineer.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

Here's the press release from the San Juan County Sheriff's Office in Utah.

Three men were killed in a single engine plane crash in San Juan County, Utah near the Dark Canyon Wilderness area. The plane went missing at approximately 1:30 Wednesday afternoon leaving only the GPS coordinates collected from a spot beacon. Red Tail Aviation, out of Price, Utah, contacted the San Juan County Sheriff's Office and reported that they had not heard from the plane for several hours. San Juan County Sheriff's Deputies, along with the Utah Highway Patrol Aero Bureau, flew to the last known coordinates that were received by the spot beacon to discover that the plane had crashed and that there were no survivors. It appears that the plane had just lifted off from a small back country air field just outside of the Dark Canyon Wilderness area. After lift off, the plane flew east but soon crashed for unknown reasons approximately one mile from the air strip. The victims had to be air lifted from the crash scene by the UHP helicopter to the nearest highway, State Road 95, where San Juan County Deputies and Search and Rescue personnel transported the victim's remains to Blanding, Utah, then to the Office of the Utah Medical Examiner in Salt Lake City. Names have not yet been released pending positive identification of the victims.