Men with Utah ties killed in Texas plane crash

Posted at 7:18 PM, Jan 12, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-13 16:49:27-05

LAMAR COUNTY, Texas – Three Utah men were killed in a plane crash near Paris, Texas, on Saturday.

The three men were associated with Celtic Bank in Salt Lake City, according to a statement released Saturday by the bank.

They have been identified as Mike Endo, senior vice president of the bank and a commercial loan officer, Michael Bradley, the owner and real estate broker with MBA Realty who was consulting with the bank on the sale of property in Texas, and Rob Thompson, a professional pilot who had been hired by Celtic Bank to pilot the plane.

The single-engine Piper PA-46 plane took of from the Cox Field Airport in Paris, located about 2 hours northeast of Dallas, at around 9 a.m. Saturday, bound for Austin, according to the Dallas Morning News.

It caught fire and went down about 10 miles south of the airport.

The cause of the crash is currently unknown. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating, according to the Celtic Bank statement.