Airman killed in snowmobiling accident

Published 12/09 2013 06:53AM

Updated 12/09 2013 06:58AM

MONTE CRISTO RANGE, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Emergency crews are calling it a freak accident. A 22-year-old airman, out snowmobiling with his friends somehow loses control of the machine and ends up underneath it. 

The group of three airmen from hill Air Force base and one civilian went up snowmobiling early Sunday morning. Around 2 o'clock they were riding down a steep embankment in the area called drybread. Three of the men made it down the mountain and back to the road, but the 22 year old man was no where to be found. They didn't hear his machine so they went back to look for him. When they found him he was pinned under his snowmobile. He wasn't breathing and didn't have a pulse. One member of the party had a spot satellite and sent out an SOS call. Weber county Sheriff's department responded, but there was little they could do. 

"They had all the safety equipment, helmets, the activator, riding in a group. Seemed like they were doing everything they were supposed to, everything we would advise people when they come into back country to do. Just a terrible accident," said Sgt. Lane Findlay from the Weber Co. Sheriff's Department.

The mans name will not been released until his family has been notified. 

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