Two couples are killed when their small plane crashes onto Utah highway as they leave on their vacation
- Layne and Diana Clarke, aged 48 and 46; and Perry and Sarah Huffaker, aged 45 and 42, were heading on vacation together when the small plane crashed
- The small plane plummeted into the ground about 45 seconds after take-off
- Friends said Layne Clarke was flying, and he has had his license about five years
- Other pilots and air traffic control were heard talking about the shocking crash
Four people have been killed after a small plane crashed on a highway in northern Utah.
Authorities said the plane came down on a highway, killing the four people aboard, while also snarling traffic and leaving behind blackened wreckage.
Those who lost their lives have been identified as: Layne and Diana Clarke, aged 48 and 46; and Perry and Sarah Huffaker, aged 45 and 42.
It is believed the two couples were leaving to go on vacation together when the crash took place about 45 seconds after take-off.
Four people have been killed after a small plane crashed on a highway in northern Utah
Authorities said the plane came down on a highway, killing the four people aboard, while also snarling traffic and leaving behind blackened wreckage (pictured)
Jeff Henderson, a friend of the Clarkes, said Layne was piloting his Beech A36 Bonanza on Wednesday. Henderson added the 48-year-old has had his pilot’s license for about five years.
No injuries were reported on the ground.
The Deseret News detailed parts of the conversation between other pilots and air traffic controllers who described the crash.
‘I just saw him go down, he’s uh, hit the highway there,’ one man was heard saying, before another replied with an expletive.
Layne and Diana Clarke, aged 48 and 46, died in the plane crash. A friend of the Clarkes said Layne was flying the plane at the time
Perry and Sarah Huffaker, aged 45 and 42, were on the plane with the Clarkes. The two couples were going on vacation together
A third said, according to the News: ‘Looks like he spun out of control and went straight down to the highway.’
A driver who was on the highway at the time described seeing the shocking crash from her car.
‘Out of nowhere from the east side, a plane came swooping in and just nose-dived into the middle of the freeway,’ April Demetropolis said.
‘It exploded… It was full force. It didn’t look like anyone was trying to slow down or anything. It was just a full nose dive straight into the ground.’
The spot where the small plane crashed on Wednesday on highway in Utah is seen in this photo
CSI investigators sort through the debris from the plane crash that killed four people in Utah
Police investigate the plane crash where Layne and Diana Clarke, aged 48 and 46; and Perry and Sarah Huffaker, aged 45 and 42, died on Wednesday
A small plane crashed after it took off from a nearby municipal airport on Interstate 15 in Riverdale, Utah
The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane took off from a nearby municipal airport and crashed about a half-mile away.
The crash closed most lanes of Interstate 15 in Riverdale, about 35 miles north of Salt Lake City.
Truck driver Obdulio Ruiz told local media it appeared the pilot was trying to land the plane on the interstate just before the crash.
Investigators look over wreckage of a small plane that crashed on the highway in Utah on Wednesday
Layne was piloting his Beech A36 Bonanza on Wednesday at the time of the crash, according to officials. Pictured is one of th small planes
Investigators are pictured at the scene of Wednesday’s small airplane crash in Utah