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3 killed in plane crash in San Juan County

Authorities are investigating the scene of a small plane crash in San Juan County that killed a pilot and two passengers on Wednesday afternoon.

According to reports, the bodies of three men were removed from the crash site early Thursday morning located near the Dark Canyon Wilderness Area, about 40 miles west of Monticello.

Red Tail Aviation, of Price, reported to local authorities that a plane had been missing since 1:30 p.m on Wednesday leaving only the GPS coordinates collected from a spot beacon.

The Utah Highway Patrol Aero Bureau, along with San Juan County Sheriff's Deputies, flew to the last coordinates received from the spot beacon where they located the wreckage of the plane at 4 a.m. on Thursday morning.

Authorities believe the plane had just lifted off from a small back country air field and shortly after the plane flew east but soon crashed for unknown reasons about a mile from the air strip.

The victims were air lifted from the scene by the UHP helicopter to State Road 95, where rescue personnel transported the remains to Blanding and later to the Medical Examiner Office in Salt Lake City.

The names of the victims have not been released.

The plane, a single engine Cessna, is registered to a person in Midland, Tex.

The Sun Advocate will report more on this story as information becomes available.

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