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Pilot killed after small plane hits electricity line in Utah

Canyonlands Field Airport.

Canyonlands Field Airport.  (Google Street View)

Authorities say a man has died after a small plane he was flying hit an electricity line near the tourist town of Moab, Utah.

Grand County Sheriff's spokesman Rick Bailey said the crash occurred early Monday morning shortly after the pilot took off from the Canyonlands Field Airport near Moab. Bailey says the man was the only one aboard the single-engine plane.

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Bailey says the man was a contracted pilot for a company that moves freight. It was in route to Green River with a final planned destination of Salt Lake City. He says they don't know yet if the plane was empty or carrying cargo.

The man has not yet been identified. Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.

Moab is a popular tourist destination in southern Utah's red rock country located about 225 miles southeast of Salt Lake City.