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Update: Family confirms 2 Utah teen brothers killed in Arizona plane crash

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Posted at 8:20 PM, Jul 20, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-21 23:35:56-04

UPDATE: Family members have confirmed two Utah brothers were killed when a plane they were in crashed on the Arizona-Utah border Sunday.

The two brothers, 19-year-old Daulton Whatcott and 16-year-old Jaxon Whatcott, are from Clinton, Utah, and were on the way to a basketball tournament.

Relatives said Jaxon played for Syracuse High School.

LITTLEFIELD, Ariz. – Authorities are releasing more information after a plane crashed at the Virgin River Gorge near the Utah-Arizona border which killed two people Sunday night.

Ian Gregor with the Federal Aviation Administration Pacific Division said a single-engine Cessna 172 crashed and burned in Littlefield, Arizona, at about 7:30 p.m. MT.

Crews are now investigating why the plane went down.

Officials have not confirmed the identities of the two people on board who were killed in the crash.

According to FAA.gov, the plane is registered in Bountiful, Utah.

Gregor said the plane took off in Bountiful and stopped in Beaver on its way to Mesquite, Nevada.

FOX 13 News' Zach Whitney said the crash appears to be about 15 feet away from I-15 on a nearby cliff.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are expected at the crash site to investigate Monday.

FOX 13 News will have more information as it becomes available.