Utah deputy, his wife among 4 killed in one-engine plane crash

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A Utah deputy, his wife and two others were killed when a single-engine plane crashed minutes after takeoff for a sightseeing tour of Zion National Park, authorities said Sunday.

The Diamond DA-40 aircraft was found just before 1 p.m. 19 Saturday in a rural area about five miles east of Cedar City when deputies responded to a report of a fire, the Iron County Sheriff’s Office said.

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Utah County Sheriff Steven Eatchel, who piloted the plane, his wife Lindsay Eatchel, Thomas Eatchel and Danielle Deagostini were all pronounced dead at the scene, the sheriff’s office said.

Utah County Sheriff Steven Eatchel and his wife Lindsay were among four killed when a Diamond DA-40 plane crashed in southwestern Utah Saturday night, authorities said.  The couple leaves behind their four children.

Utah County Sheriff Steven Eatchel and his wife Lindsay were among four killed when a Diamond DA-40 plane crashed in southwestern Utah Saturday night, authorities said. The couple leaves behind their four children.
(Utah County Sheriff’s Office)

Steven Eatchel and Thomas Eatchel were brothers, the family told FOX13 Salt Lake City, and Danielle Deagostini was Thomas Eatchel’s boyfriend.

Steven Eatchel had worked as a deputy in the Utah County Jail, according to the Utah County Sheriff’s Office. Steven Eatchel and Lindsay Eatchel are survived by their four children.

“The Utah County Sheriff’s Office expresses its deepest sympathy to the Eatchel family,” the sheriff’s office said. “His kind manner and always present smile will be missed.”

Deputy Eatchel worked for the Utah County Sheriff's Office for nearly 12 years and was most recently appointed to Judicial Services, working in the courts, the sheriff's office said.

Deputy Eatchel worked for the Utah County Sheriff’s Office for nearly 12 years and was most recently appointed to Judicial Services, working in the courts, the sheriff’s office said.
(Utah County Sheriff’s Office)

The small plane took off from Cedar Regional Airport for a sightseeing tour of Zion National Park and appeared to be heading east toward some mountains, according to the sheriff’s office. But the radar communication with the plane was lost about four minutes after takeoff.

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The National Transportation Safety Board said it was investigating the accident. No cause was immediately identified.

Cedar City is located about 250 miles south of Salt Lake City and about 50 miles from the borders of Arizona and Nevada.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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