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IRON COUNTY – Two people died Monday afternoon in an airplane crash near the northeast side of Quichapa Lake in Cedar City.
Emergency responders were dispatched to the scene around 1 p.m. after a witness notified the Iron County Sheriff’s Office that a plane went down in the dry lake, occupants inside were unresponsive and fuel was leaking from the plane.
Two flight instructors with Southern Utah University’s aviation program, as part of Upper Limit Aviation, were found dead inside a Cessna 152 6 miles southwest of Cedar City, according to a media statement issued by SUU Monday afternoon.
“Our hearts go out to the family and loved ones,” SUU Provost Bradley J. Cook said. “A tragedy of this nature penetrates all of us deeply.”
The cause of the crash is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.
Southern Utah University and Upper Limit Aviation have a public-private relationship and have been located on SUU’s campus since May 2013.
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