Two Killed in Small Plane Crash in Midway

Two Killed in Small Plane Crash in Midway

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(Salt Lake City, KSL News and AP Wire Services) -- Investigators are pouring over the wreckage of a plane crash yesterday near Midway, Utah.

It was a small stunt plane that went down near the base of Memorial Hill dangerously close to a home.

"(I thought) why in the heck is he flying so close to the house, and the next thing you know, the engine didn't cut or anything and it just nosed right in and crashed. It shook the house," says witness Jerry Owens.

Both men on board, 62-year-old Ed Strauchen of Park City and 60-year-old Bob Koch of Maryland were killed.

Witnesses say the plane was doing stunt maneuvers when it hit the ground and exploded.

The pilot apparently radioed the Heber Valley Airport before the crash to say he was having trouble.

The YAK is a small, Russian plane used for military and aerobatic training.

The Federal Aviation Administration was on the scene investigating the accident.

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