Men that died in plane crash near Kyhv Peak identified

Nov 14, 2023, 12:58 PM | Updated: May 29, 2024, 11:04 am

A LifeFlight helicopter removed the lone survivor of a plane crash near Kyhv Peak on Tuesday. (Scre...

A LifeFlight helicopter removed the lone survivor of a plane crash near Kyhv Peak on Tuesday. (Screenshot via Utah County Sheriff on X)

(Screenshot via Utah County Sheriff on X)

PROVO, Utah —  The two men that died in a small plane crash in the mountains east of Provo have been identified. Evan Backers, age 26, and Collin Niemela, age 23, were aboard an airplane that originated from Spanish Fork airport and crashed near Kyhv Peak on Tuesday morning.

A 22-year-old man from Springville, Utah survived. Officials said he was found walking around the site of the crash. 


The two deceased men were found inside the plane, and were carried off the mountain via Kyhv Peak road by Utah County Search and Rescue personnel.

The 22-year-old survivor was hoisted off the mountain by LifeFlight, according to the Utah County Sheriff’s Office. He was taken to Intermountain Utah Valley Hospital for medical treatment of his injuries. 

The wreckage was spotted by an Intermountain Life Flight late Tuesday morning.


According to the Utah County Sheriff’s Office and Provo police, the plane crashed east of Slate Canyon near Khyv Peak road in the mountains east of Provo. 

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. 

Related: Geographical Utah sites are being renamed

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Men that died in plane crash near Kyhv Peak identified