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Plane crash kills two in Garfield County
About 8:45 a.m. on Friday, May 29, a small plane carrying John Austin, 64, of Boulder, Utah, and Susan Jordan, 67, of Redwood Valley, California, crashed near the Calf Creek Recreational Area, killing both on board.
The plane is believed to have clipped a power line, crashed into the road, skidded, and then crashed into the Calf Creek Bridge, just off of Scenic Highway 12, halfway between Escalante and Boulder.
Moments before the plane crash, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office received several complaints from nearby residents of a low-flying aircraft, which indicates the plane may have been purposely flying too low before it crashed. The plane was a Storch two-seater.
Investigators were combing through wreckage left near the campground on Friday afternoon, and had not yet determined a cause of the crash, according to Becky Bronson, spokesperson for the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.
Austin was a health care executive for Coventry Health Care of Oakland, California. He was also involved with the Nature Conservancy in Utah.
Jordan was a well-known attorney, who also had a home in Berkeley. She too was a pilot, who often flew herself to courtrooms around the state.