Victims in Wendover plane crash identified

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WENDOVER — Police on Friday identified two people who were taken to a Utah hospital with injuries suffered in a plane crash at the Wendover airport Thursday night.

Details about the accident, however, remain sparse.

The pilot, Paul Bowden, was critically injured and taken by medical helicopter to University Hospital, according to Elko County Undersheriff Clair Morris. Passenger Marnie Bowden was taken by ground crew to an unknown Utah hospital.

Bowden was practicing touch-and-go landings with Marnie Bowden as a passenger in a Cessna 172 shortly after 8:20 p.m. Thursday on the airport's main runway.

"When he touched down and went to take off again, he banked to the left, and evidently the wing hit the ground and it subsequently rolled," Morris said.

No updated information about the victims' conditions was available Friday. It is unclear the nature of the relationship between the pilot and passenger, their ages or where they lived. The aircraft was registered to an company out of Fruit Heights.

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