2 dead in Morgan County plane crash, authorities say

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SALT LAKE CITY — Two men died in a Morgan County plane crash on Thursday morning, authorities say.

The two pilots killed in the crash were identified as Samuel Cortright, 34, and Kenneth Cram, 60, both from out of state, according to the sheriff's office. However, family members of Cram told KSL he was actually 50, not 60.

Deputies think one man was from Wyoming and the other of Kansas, where the plane was registered.

Morgan County deputies were first alerted about a missing plane Thursday about 3 a.m.

About 8 a.m., a farmer found the Cessna 210 plane, where Cortright and Cram were found dead.

The plane took off from Evanston, Wyoming, with both men on board, said Sgt. Craig Tillet with Morgan County Sheriff's Office.

Tillet said the men worked for a company that flies aircrafts to check pipelines in the area.

Authorities don’t know the cause of the crash, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said. It crashed in a mountainous area about 4 miles west of Henefer, he added.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash, Kenitzer said.

FAA records show the plane is registered out of Ottawa, Kansas, located southwest of Kansas City. It was manufactured in 1974, the FAA registration information shows.

Contributing: Mike Anderson, KSL TV


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Lauren Bennett is a reporter with KSL.com who covers Utah’s religious community and the growing tech sector in the Beehive State.


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