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Search and rescue teams find crashed plane, 2 bodies

By Emiley Morgan | Posted - Feb. 10, 2012 at 7:55 p.m.


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MORGAN COUNTY — Officials confirmed Friday that a man and a woman were killed in a plane crash near the Morgan County Airport.

A team in the air found the missing plane just after 11 a.m. Friday morning. According to the Utah Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, the crash site is on a 250 foot slope about nine miles from the Morgan County Airport.

Police have identified the pair as Daleray Madewell, 47, and Jennifer Sebesta, 35, both of Wyoming.

Investigators say it's unclear what caused the plane to crash, but an investigation is ongoing.

Two planes had been sent up into the air in an effort to help the Morgan County Sheriff's Office locate the missing aircraft, said Steve Miller, public affairs officer for the Civil Air Patrol. The plane was reported overdue around 7 p.m. Thursday.

"We are working what we think would be the route of flight and putting an eye in the sky for the sheriff's office," Miller said. "If there is a plane down somewhere, we want to narrow down where it is and help them get to it."

The single engine, high-wing airplane was en route from Morgan County to Wyoming when it lost contact with air traffic control, according to Miller. The airplane was in "mountainous terrain" at the time. Authorities believe a man and woman were on board.

Snowy weather conditions prevented the air patrol from putting a plane up to search Thursday, but the group aided the sheriff's office in a search on the ground.

"Weather's been our biggest factor," Miller said. "Last night it was snowing and the clouds were really low."

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the crash.

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Contributing: Shara Park

Email:emorgan@ksl.com

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