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Lake Point, UT Skydiving Plane Crashes, Jan 2001

KING AIR SKYDIVING PLANE CRASHES IN UTAH.

KILLS 9 FROM SKYDIVE SALT LAKE.

Salt Lake City, Utah -- (AP) -- At approximately 5:30 p.m., a King Air returning from a skydiving weekend at Mesquite Municipal AIrport, Mesquite, Nevada, to its home in Tooele, Utah, crashed into the Great Salt Lake, abut five miles north of the airport killing all aboard.
The pilot, JOHN T. CASHMEN, had not filed a flight plan, so airport officials were not expecting the plane.
Authorities were alerted hours later when an anxious relative called the airport.
The dead were identified as:
The pilot JOHN T. CASHMEN, 41.
Passengers:
MIKE C. HURREN, 51, a co-owner of Skydive Salt Lake.
GAYLE HURREN, 45, his wife.
LISA ELLIS, 34.
NATHAN B. HALL, 28.
DENISE STOTT, 26.
CHARLES WILSON, 31.
MERRIAH HUTSON, 25.
JAY JOHNSON, 24.
Radar tape recordings were checked to aid in determining what went wrong with the fatal flight. A local sheriff, Frank Scharmann, said that the tapes indicated the plane was banking for a final turn and then suddenly spiralled into the lake. It crashed about a mile away from shore in five feet of water.
Although a light snow fell on the Sunday of the accident, there was no indication that there was any relation to the crash.

Salt Lake City News Utah 2001-01-14



article | by Dr. Radut