Utah crash kills 4; plane listed in Portland


by Associated Press


Posted on June 2, 2011 at 6:53 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 2 at 8:05 AM

SALT LAKE CITY -- A small plane registered in Portland crashed on Wednesday while trying to land at an airport along the Utah-Nevada border, killing all four people on board, authorities said.

The accident at the Wendover Airport in northwestern Utah happened at about 2:45 p.m., Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said.

A cause hasn't been determined. A witness told the Salt Lake Tribune that the pilot circled the airport twice, coming down about 400 feet short of the runway.

Tooele County authorities identified three of the four victims from Utah, the pilot, Lincoln Dastrup, 58, of Spanish Fork and passengers Justin Yates, 36, of Lehi; and Chad Wade, 38, of Salt Lake City. Authorities withheld the identity of the fourth victim, a man from India, because they had not yet contacted next of kin.

The plane was rented from the G&B Flight Academy in western Utah. The flight plan called for a business trip from Bountiful to St. George, Utah.

The crash follows another fatal accident involving a Cessna 172 that killed three north of Reno, Nev., on Saturday. The wreckage from that accident was found Tuesday with the bodies of two men and a woman inside.

The pilot in the Nevada crash has been identified as 47-year-old Eric Ling, of Roseburg, Ore. Ling's mother, Jeanette Ling, told The Roseburg News-Review that her son was hired to fly a couple to New Mexico.

Nevada investigators haven't released the names of the victims.

A National Transportation Safety Board investigator, Kristi Dunks, visited the Nevada crash site Wednesday. The Cessna's pilot initially filed a flight plan for a trip from Roseburg to Reno but at some point changed that destination to Susanville, Calif., northwest of Reno, NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson said.

Several witnesses in the area described the weather as poor when the plane is believed to have gone down, Knudson said, adding the agency will be looking at weather and radar records. He said there's no indication of a distress call.