MOAB, Utah Aug 23 2008 - A twin-engine plane crashed near an airport not far from Arches National Park in southeastern Utah, killing all 10 people on board, an official said Saturday.
The plane was fully engulfed in flames when emergency responders arrived late Friday at the site about two miles from the Canyonlands Field airport, and there were no survivors, Grand County Sheriff James Nyland said.
Nyland said the plane had taken off from the airport, about 18 miles northwest of Moab.
“It skidded along the desert out there,” he said.
Representatives of the National Transportation Safety Board were expected at the scene Saturday, officials said.
Nyland said the victims were the founder of a dermatology clinic, members of his staff and the pilot, all from Cedar City in southwestern Utah.
He identified them as pilot David White; Lansing Ellsworth; David Goddard; Mandy Johnson; Marcie Tillery, 29; Valerie Imlay, 52; Keith Shumway, 29; Dallon Ellsworth, 24; Camie Vigil, 25; and Cecilee Goddard, 25.
Lansing Ellsworth had recently started a monthly skin clinic in Moab, Nyland said. Red Canyon Aesthetics has seven clinics in Utah, two in Nevada and one in Page, Arizona, according to the company’s Web site.
The airplane was owned by Leavitt Group Wings, part of the Cedar City-based Leavitt Group, an insurance brokerage. The dermatology group had a time-share agreement with Leavitt Group for use of the plane, said chief executive officer Dane Leavitt.
The group’s clinics focused on preventing and treating skin cancer in smaller communities that might otherwise go without care, Leavitt said. “I’m sure the tragedy of this circumstance will hit all of those communities,” he said.
He said they left Cedar City on Friday morning to spend the day at their clinic in Moab, and were likely starting their return flight when the plane crashed.
The pilot was an employee of Leavitt Group Wings, Leavitt said.
Moab is about 245 miles southeast of Salt Lake City.
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