Provo airport to reopen by mid afternoon on Wednesday after fatal crash

Jan 4, 2023, 2:46 PM | Updated: Jan 18, 2023, 10:46 am

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PROVO, Utah — The Provo Municipal Airport, the site of a deadly crash on Monday, is expected to reopen by 4 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon.

In a statement sent to the media, Provo Airport Director Brian Torgersen said that an evaluation by the FAA and NTSB is complete. Torgersen also said the agencies had authorized the Provo airport and the aircraft recovery team to begin their cleanup of the crash site.

That work included cleanup and remediation of the runway and crash site. It was concluded by 11 a.m. according to Torgerson.

The plane, a Provo-based Embraer Phenom 300, crashed immediately after takeoff according to a Provo city official. There were four people on board at the time of the crash.

They included the owner and pilot of the plane, 62-year-old Nathan Ricks of Alpine, Utah. The other passengers have been identified as Joyce Ricks of Alpine, 56, Brent Beardall of Sammamish, Washington, 51, and Dane Margetts of Holliday, Utah, 36.

The pilot, Nathan Ricks, was killed instantly. Brent Beardall was seated in the cockpit and was hospitalized with critical injuries. Joyce Ricks and Dane Margetts both received minor injuries.

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Provo airport to reopen by mid afternoon on Wednesday after fatal crash