Update: Officials ID husband, wife who died in Wayne County plane crash

Officials have identified a husband and wife who died in plane crash that occurred late Friday morning in the Grover area of Wayne County. Photo: Wayne County Sheriff's Office

WAYNE COUNTY, Utah, May 30, 2019 (Gepharpt Daily) — Officials have identified a husband and wife who died in plane crash that occurred late Friday morning in the Grover area of Wayne County.

The pilot of the Cirrus SR22 was identified as Christian C. Simonsen, and the passenger was identified as his wife, Lynn Ann Anderson-Simonsen of Morgan Hill, California, said a news release from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.

A previous news release said Wayne County Sheriff’s officials were dispatched to Miner’s Mountain Road in the Grover area on a report of a single-engine plane crash at about 11:22 a.m.

The sheriff’s office requested Wayne County EMS to respond and had WCSO Search and Rescue on standby, according to the news release issued by WCSO Friday afternoon.

Witnesses reported that they heard an explosion and saw smoke after the plane disappeared from their view.

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Upon arrival at the crash site, WCSO saw a “large debris field and fire were present throughout the area,” the news release states.

Two occupants of the aircraft were found deceased at the site, the sheriff’s office said; they were the only people aboard.

The Medical Examiner’s Office went to the scene and conducted an investigation.

The remains of the deceased were transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for further investigation.

The cause of the crash is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board as well as an investigator from the aircraft manufacturer.

Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information is made available.

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