Moab, UT Private Plane Crashes, Aug 2008
TEN DIE IN UTAH SMALL-PLANE CRASH.
Moab, Utah (AP) - A small plane crashed and burned shortly after takeoff, killing everyone on board, including the pilot and nine people who had spent the day working at a skin cancer clinic in remote community.
The twin-engine Beech King Air A-100 crashed shortly after takeoff Friday evening from Canyon-lands Field Airport, 18 miles northwest of Moab. It hit the ground in nearby hills, flattened and exploded on impact, authorities said.
The wreckage was little more than a pile of twisted, blackened shards of metal. Most of the debris on the otherwise-barren stretch of land was closely clustered and marked by yellow tape. One propeller was thrown about 20 feet from its engine.
"It's just weird, I mean, something happened to make this guy veer left off the runway," Grand County Sheriff James Nyland said.
On board were employees of a Southwest Skin and Cancer/Red Canyon Aesthetics & Medical Spa, a dermatology company based in Cedar City, 200 miles to the west, who traveled to remote areas to provide treatment for skin cancer and other ailments where it might otherwise be unavailable.
Nyland identified those killed as: pilot DAVID WHITE.
the company's director, DR. LANSING ELLSWORTH, 50.
his son DALLIN ELLSWORTH, 23.
DAVID GODDARD, 60.
his daughter CECILEE GODDARD, 31.
MARCIE TILLERY, 29.
VALERIE IMLAY, 52.
KEITH SHUMWAY, 29.
CAMIE VIGIL, 25.
"It is with disbelief that we struggle to comprehend the events of yesterday," the ELLSWORTH family said in a statement issued Saturday afternoon. Those from the company "provided much needed dermatology care to patients who might otherwise go without."
Indiana Gazette Pennsylvania 2008-08-24