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Identities and more information released about fatal Iron County plane crash

Apr 24, 2022, 10:18 AM | Updated: Dec 29, 2022, 11:40 am
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PAROWAN, Utah — A federal investigation has begun into a plane crash in southern Utah on Saturday that killed all four people on board.

According to the Iron County Sheriff’s Office, the plane was going on a sightseeing tour of Zion National Park, and crashed within minutes of taking off from Cedar City Airport.

The pilot has been identified as Steven Eatchel, who was a Utah County Sheriff’s Deputy. His wife was a passenger, as were Eatchel’s brother and his brother’s girlfriend who has been identified as Danielle De Agostini.


 All four occupants of the plane were pronounced dead at the scene.

GoFundMe* accounts have been created for Steven and Lindsay Eatchel, for Thomas Eatchel, and for his girlfriend Danielle De Agostini.  

This story will be updated. Our original reporting follows.

IRON COUNTY, Utah — Four people died Saturday evening in a plane crash east of Cedar City.

The Iron County Sheriff’s Office says deputies and firefighters were dispatched to a report of a fire about five miles east of Cedar City shortly before 7:00 p.m. When they arrived, they discovered the wreckage of a single-engine Diamond DA-40 aircraft with four occupants, all deceased. 

A statement from the sheriff’s office says they’re working now to identify the victims, and they’ve called in federal authorities from the NTSB to investigate the crash.

 

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