2 dead in Utah State University plane crash

CACHE COUNTY, Utah — Two people were killed Friday when a single-engine plane belonging to Utah State University crashed in a remote part of Cache County.

The Cache County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a plane around 9 a.m. on private property near 2685 South Highway 23 in a remote part of the southwest part of the county.

Witnesses told the sheriff’s office there were no survivors of the crash.

The two occupants of the plane were part of the school’s aviation technology program which trains pilots and technicians for the aviation industry.

One of the dead has been identified as Blake Shumway, a certified flight instructor who has worked with the school since September. Michael Carpenter, an aviation technology student who was due to graduate in the fall, was also killed.

“We are devastated by this morning’s tragic accident and the loss of members of our USU community,” said USU President Noelle E. Cockett. “Every student and employee is part of our Aggie family, and we know many will feel this loss deeply.”

The school canceled all other flights on Friday and guidance is being made available to program employees and students.

“The Sheriff’s Office extends its deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the occupants,” the office said in a statement. “Please keep the families of this accident in your thoughts and prayers.”

The National Transportation Safety Board will open an investigation into the cause of the accident.

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