Plane Crashes While Trying to Land

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The identity of the pilot killed an early morning crash on Thursday near Centennial Airport, has been released.

Sam Hunter of West Valley, Utah died when his twin engine cargo plane disappeared from radar on approach to the airport, and then crashed.

South Metro Fire spokesman Andy Lyon says searchers found the plane by air about 7 a.m. Thursday, and moved in by foot and all-terrain vehicle to get to the crash site by about 7:45 a.m.

Rugged terrain and poor weather hampered efforts to reach the wreckage. Lyon described the plane as "pretty much smashed to bits."

Fire officials say the flight from Salt Lake City was carrying canceled checks.

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