June 2, 2011 / 1:04 AM / 9 years ago

Four killed in small plane crash in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - Four people were killed on Wednesday when a single-engine plane crashed near a small airport on the Utah-Nevada border, officials said.

The plane went down on Wednesday afternoon near Wendover, Utah, when extreme wind conditions were reported in the area, Tooele County Emergency Management spokesman Wade Matthews said.

“We know the pilot in the Cessna 172 was on approach for landing at the Wendover airport when he ran into a weather situation and crashed into the dirt. All four people on board were killed,” Matthews told Reuters.

“They called indicating they were going to land and once they got in and parked they wanted to be fueled up,” said James Petersen, director of airports for Tooele County, Utah.

Petersen says a witness saw the plane having difficulty when it approached the airport runway.

“He saw a puff of dust when it hit the ground. It didn’t catch fire it just hit the ground at a pretty steep angle,” said Petersen.

The Wendover Airport remained open while emergency crews and investigators cordoned off the crash site north of the runway.

Authorities have not identified the pilot or the three passengers has been made.

NTSB investigators were investigating the crash site, which is about 120 miles west of Salt Lake City.

Reporting by James Nelson, Editing by Dan Whitcomb

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