Small plane crash near Utah-Nevada border kills 4
SALT LAKE CITY – A small plane crashed on Wednesday while trying to land at an airport along the Utah-Nevada border, killing all four people on board, authorities said.
The accident at the Wendover Airport in northwestern Utah happened at about 2:45 p.m., Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said. A cause hasn't been determined and identities of the four killed hadn't been released pending family notification.
The crash follows another fatal accident involving a Cessna 172 that killed three north of Reno, Nev., on Saturday. The wreckage from that accident was found Tuesday with the bodies of two men and a woman inside.
The pilot in the Nevada crash has been identified as 47-year-old Eric Ling, of Roseburg, Ore. Ling's mother, Jeanette Ling, told The Roseburg News-Review that her son was hired to fly a couple to New Mexico.
Nevada investigators haven't released the names of the victims.
A National Transportation Safety Board investigator, Kristi Dunks, visited the Nevada crash site Wednesday.
The Cessna's pilot initially filed a flight plan for a trip from Roseburg to Reno but at some point changed that destination to Susanville, Calif., northwest of Reno, NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson said.
Several witnesses in the area described the weather as poor when the plane is believed to have gone down, Knudson said, adding the agency will be looking at weather and radar records. He said there's no indication of a distress call.