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4 dead in small plane crash near Utah/Colorado border

SAN JUAN COUNTY, Utah (News4Utah) - Four people were killed when their plane crashed in San Juan County on Thursday afternoon.

According to family, the flight departed Grand Junction at 10 a.m. on Thursday. The plan was to fly west towards Moab before turning south to Albuquerque. 

The family posted a message on Thursday asking if anyone has any information about their missing family:

"If anyone knows anyone who works at an airport between Grand Junction and Albuquerque, my family was flying their plane and went missing around noon today, if anyone heard anything from C-GYGY please, anything."

Electronic data from the aircraft provided the Civil Air Patrol with a search area 130 miles southwest of Grand Junction. New Mexico Wing air crews were dispatched to the area but had to turn back due to snow showers.

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, the Civil Air Patrol and agencies in Colorado set out to locate the missing aircraft. It was located crashed in eastern San Juan County around 5 p.m. Friday. 

In a post on the Kaupp Family Farms Facebook page, they said the plane crashed with four of their loved ones, Bill Kaupp, 65, Clint Kaupp, 28, Tim Mueller, 28, and Ron McKenzie, 66. Kaupp Family Farms is located in Warner County, Canada.

"With a heavy heart I must announce that the plane has been located with no survivors. In the future I will talk about how great the four people that we lost were to everyone that knew them, but for now we are going to grieve," Kaupp Family Farms said in a post on their Facebook Page. 

The pilot had been an avid flyer for 10 years and was traveling with his son and their friends.

"Thank you from the bottom of my broken heart to every first responder, person who shared info on social media, and anyone who helped give us hope today. There’s still good in the world."

The Sheriff’s Office will be turning the investigation over to the FAA who will be releasing more information as it becomes available.


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