TOOELE COUNTY, Utah, June 21, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash of a small plane that went down in Tooele County Thursday night, killing the two people aboard and sparking the Morgan Creek Fire.
According to social media posts by family members, the victims are Virginia Siegel, 51 and her 6-year-old granddaughter, Elise.
Relatives say the two were flying from Montana to California so Elise could visit her dad on Fathers’ Day weekend, according to reports.
Alexandra Siegel, lost both her daughter and mother in the crash. In a posting on Facebook she thanked all who expressed their love for her family and shared photos of her daughter’s dancing.
Utah Fire Info revealed on Sunday that investigators confirmed the cause of the Morgan Canyon Fire “was the result of a downed aircraft in the Desert Peak Wilderness.” The NTSB and Tooele County Sheriff’s Office are assisting in the investigation, the UFI statement says.
The fire was zero percent contained as of Monday morning, and had grown to 157 acres, an updated Utah Fire Info statement says.