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2 Utah men killed in Idaho small plane crash

Published August 8, 2014 7:20 am

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Grangeville, Idaho • Two Utah men have died in a small plane crash in north-central Idaho.

The Idaho County Sheriff's Office says 57-year-old pilot David Ray Fitzgerald and 61-year-old Randy Scott Butters died when their two-seat, single-engine experimental craft went down in a remote area near Yellow Pine.

Undersheriff Jim Gorges in a news release on Thursday says authorities received a report late Tuesday of a possible airplane crash involving the two men from Salt Lake City.

A search on Wednesday located the crash site. The bodies were recovered and taken to a funeral home in Grangeville.

Gorges says the men often went on sightseeing trips and were traveling from Sulphur Creek Ranch near Cascade to Dixie on a tour of backcountry airstrips.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.