** NAMES RELEASED ** A small twin engine jet crashed in Cedar Fort. Two people are confirmed to have died in the crash. Investigators are searching for clues that might tell them how this crash happened.
On January 18, 2016, at about 10:00 A.M., Deputies with the Utah County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a report of a plane crash in Cedar Fort in Utah County. Witnesses reported hearing a loud boom and seeing an airplane, on fire and coming apart, falling to the ground. Investigators found the area of the crash with a very broad debris field. To this point two people have been found in the airplane. Both of them appear to have died during the crash. Utah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue volunteers are on scene conducting a search of the area in an effort to locate any items from the airplane or other evidence that might be related to this crash. The debris is spread over an area approximately 2 miles long and 1/4 mile wide.
While investigators have determined who owns the airplane, they have not yet been able to positively identify the deceased occupants. Because of that they have also not yet been able to notify family members of the two who died in the crash. Once family members have been notified the Utah County Sheriff's Office will release names and more information about the aircraft and its intended flight plan.
Killed is this crash were the pilot and owner of the airplane, Donald L. Baker, age 59, and his wife, Dawn Elizabeth Hunter, age 55, both of Tucson. The aircraft was a 1999 Cessna Citation 525. Baker had filed a flight plan leaving from Salt Lake City flying to Tucson, Arizona. It appears he encountered some kind of mechanical problems and may have been attempting to return to Salt Lake City.
For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office. (801)404-1912. Twitter: SGTCannonPIO