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Former Phillies Pitcher Reported Down In C172 Crash

Was One Of Four People Involved in Accident at 6400' MSL Location

A GA accident has taken the life of a Former Major League baseball player and three others. The aircraft went down in wooded terrain in the Granite Flats Campground Area, Box Elder Peak, Utah.

The airplane, a Cessna 172M Skyhawk, N6929H, was destroyed during the accident sequence and the four occupants onboard were fatally injured. Granite Flats Campground is located at an elevation of 6400 feet.

The Utah County Sheriff's Office reported that, "A small plane flying out of Airport #2 in Salt Lake County crashed near Box Elder Peak in American Fork Canyon. All four occupants of the plane died on impact.

A few minutes before 8:00 this morning Deputies with the Utah County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a report of a small plane crash near Box Elder Peak in American Fork Canyon. A man and two of his sons were hiking when they saw the plane begin to turn, then spiral downward. The witness said the plane spiraled out of his view and moments later he heard the impact. He hiked up further to call 911. That call bounced to dispatch in Price, UT and was transferred to Central Utah Dispatch. The witness then climbed down to the plane and verified that the occupants died on impact.

UCSO Search and Rescue responded, as did Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter and Lone Peak Fire and Ambulance. The DPS helicopter crew shuttled Detectives, SAR, and medical personnel to the scene. They verified that there were four occupants on board the plane and all four appeared to have died on impact. The DPS crew assisted the Medical Examiner with recovering the bodies of the victims. Those bodies were transported to the Medical Examiner's Office in Taylorsville. NTSB and FAA investigators will respond to the crash scene in an effort to determine the cause of the crash. That information is unknown at this time.

The occupants of the plane are the pilot, Tyson Colby Brummett, 35, of Salt Lake City; Alex Blackhurst Ruegner, 35, of Riverton; and Alex's aunt and uncle Elaine W. Blackhurst, 60, of Riverton and her husband, Douglas Robinson Blackhurst, 62, both of Riverton. They left from South Valley Regional Airport in West Jordan."

Brummett was a Former pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies.

FMI: http://www.utahcounty.gov/, www.ntsb.gov

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