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Plane crashes in Utah County, one dead

Posted at 3:34 PM, Jun 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-29 23:55:47-04

UTAH COUNTY -- A plane that was scheduled to arrive in Provo Thursday crashed and the lone person on board was killed.

The Utah Department of Public Safety and the Civil Air Patrol began aerial searches of the area.

It took search teams nearly 24 hours, but just after 2 p.m. Friday, the plane's wreckage was located on Lake Mountain west of Utah Lake.

“Some of the areas are easy to access, this particular area where the crash site is is not,” said Sergeant Spencer Cannon with Utah County Sheriff’s Department.

Search officials hadn’t confirmed the name of the pilot as of Friday night, but the family of Tracy Roesler confirmed he was the pilot.  According to the family, he worked for a company that did aerial mapping.

“Small twin engine aircraft,” confirms Sgt. Cannon. “It was doing some commercial work. The plane was supposed to be going to Provo to refuel.”

Only it never made it back. The cause of the crash is still under investigation though fast wind speeds did whip through Utah county Thursday and Friday.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will be on scene to investigate the crash.