Officials identify victims in Wayne County plane crash

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GROVER, Wayne County — Officials have identified the victims of a fatal plane crash that occurred last week in southern Utah.

The pilot of the crashed Cirrus SR22 was identified as Christian C. Simonsen and the passenger was identified as his wife, Lynn Ann Anderson-Simonsen, both of Morgan Hill, California, Wayne County spokeswoman Kassidee Brown wrote in a news release on Thursday. The couple's ages were not released.

On May 24, emergency crews received a report from a person who said they witnessed a single-engine plane crash near Miner's Mountain Road in Grover shortly after 11:20 a.m. Wayne County sheriff's deputies came across a debris field and fire near the area reported. Authorities located the bodies of Simonsen and Anderson-Simonsen in the plane.

The National Transportation Safety Board is conducting an investigation into the cause of the crash, according to Brown.

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