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Tucson businessman and wife die in plane crash

Posted at 4:52 PM, Jan 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-19 00:26:51-05

CEDAR FORT, Utah (KGUN9-TV) - A small twin engine jet registered to a prominent Tucson businessman has crashed in Cedar Fort, Utah, killing both him and his wife.

Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer with the Utah County Sheriff's Office says that on Jan. 18.



Witnesses reported hearing a loud boom and seeing an airplane, on fire and coming apart, falling to the ground, said Cannon.

The plane is registered to Donald L. Baker, co-owner at Larsen Baker, LLC. Utah County Sheriff's Office confirm Donald L. Baker, 59, and his wife, Dawn Elizabeth Hunter, 55, died in the crash.

Deputies say it appears Baker encountered some kind of mechanical problems and may have been attempting to return to Salt Lake City.

Larsen Baker released a statement Monday afternoon saying, "Donald Baker's plane was involved in an accident near Salt Lake City, UT...We are trying to digest this tragedy and we ask for forbearance in this extremely trying time."

Deputies say debris from the crash spread over an area approximately two miles long and 1/4 wide.

Allen Kenitzer with FAA Office of Communications says the aircraft, a Cessna 525, crashed under unknown circumstances.

The FAA and the NTSB will investigate.

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