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2 dead after glider plane goes down in Sanpete County

By Lauren Bennett, KSL.com | Updated - Jul 1st, 2019 @ 10:18pm | Posted - Jul 1st, 2019 @ 9:12pm


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EPHRAIM, Sanpete County — Two men were found dead Monday after an experimental glider airplane crashed in Sanpete County, officials say.

Two people on off-highway vehicles discovered the downed plane at 5:11 p.m. and called authorities.

The crash occurred about 4 miles northeast of Ephraim, and both men onboard were later confirmed dead by Utah Medical Examiner's Office officials, according to a news release. Sanpete County Sheriff's Office officials, as well as Sanpete County Search and Rescue crews recovered the bodies Monday evening.

The glider was involved in a competition this week at the Nephi airport, which involved 65 teams from across the country, according to officials. The aircraft departed from the Nephi airport and was traveling to an airport near Richfield when the crash happened., according to the news release.

The cause of the crash is unknown, said Allen Kenitzer, spokesperson with Federal Aviation Administration. The sheriff's office did not release the names of the deceased Monday.

The news came several hours after two others were found dead in a San Juan County plane crash Monday morning.

Contributing: Sam Penrod, KSL TV

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