Plane crashes in southeastern Franklin County, two people killed

Emergency crews responded to a plane crash in the Southeastern Idaho mountains, about six miles north of the Utah-Idaho border, north of the Beaver Mountain ski area. At least two people are reported to have been killed in the crash. The crash is believed to have happened in the southeastern corner of Franklin County, says Warren Wilde, Franklin County’s Emergency Services Manager. “It was a small plane and from the word, from forest service on the ground, there were no survivors,” Wilde said. The crash site is just up Beaver Creek from the Beaver Mountain Ski Lodge, Wilde said. “If people are familiar with the area it’s in the old Logan Canyon Road area,” he said. Wilde also said there were multiple units that responded to the scene, including the National Forest Service, fire, Bear Lake Ambulance, Bear Lake Search and Rescue, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office deputy, Franklin County Search and Rescue and Franklin County fire units. Franklin County Sheriff Deputy Ben Heusser says the crash was reported about 12:15 p.m. Friday by recreationists aboard ATV’s who discovered the wreckage. According to emergency radio traffic, the plane was described as “a total loss.” Investigators have not yet identified the victims, but say they are the only two people believed to be on board the Piper, model PA-22-150. The plane is registered to an owner in California. FAA spokesman Mike Fergus says there is no indication the pilot filed a flight plan and investigators are still trying to determine the plane’s origin and destination.

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