About 1 p.m. on Monday, October 5, two Upper Limit Aviation instructors were killed when the plane they were flying crashed into a dry lake bed about six miles west of Cedar City. It is unknown what caused the plane to go down. The instructors were identified as Alan Carver, 50, and Nathan Stoddard, 24. It was Stoddard’s fourth day on the job.

As of late Monday night, the plane still sat in the mud until the National Transportation Safety Board arrives to investigate the cause of the crash.

On Sunday, October 4, at 2:50 p.m., the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a plane crash near the Cliff Dwellers Airport in Marble Canyon, Arizona. A resident in the Cliff Dwellers area reported hearing a plane engine before hearing a loud thud. She looked towards the airport and saw dust.

A 65-year-old male and 62-year-old female from North Vancouver, British Columbia, were attempting to land at the Cliff Dwellers Airport. Upon approach to the landing strip, they experienced a wind gust, which caused their experimental Super Bushmaster LS180S Aircraft to lose altitude, coming into contact with the sandy terrain prior to reaching the runway.

The female passenger was transported by ambulance to Page Hospital with minor injuries, while the male pilot did not require medical assistance. The aircraft was extensively damaged.

The incident is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.