June 1, 2007, Loa, Utah, Christen Industries A-1 Husky


At 0825 Mountain time, the airplane collided with rugged terrain and was destroyed. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) was operating the airplane, owned by the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food as a public use flight to spot and shoot coyotes. The Commercial pilot and the passenger, who was serving as a gunner, sustained fatal injuries. Visual conditions prevailed.

A witness approximately 200 yards from and about 75 feet lower than the accident site recalled the airplane flying over him and then making a left turn to pass behind and to the eastern slope of the draw. As the airplane flew east of the draw in a northeasterly direction, the witness lost sight of it. He then heard a loud crashing noise, followed by complete silence.The witness calm wind conditions.


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