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Dozens of distraught friends, family gather to mourn, remember

Published: Monday, July 21 2014 11:22 p.m. MDT

Updated: Monday, July 21 2014 11:22 p.m. MDT

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theSkeptic
CLEARFIELD, UT

You might want to fact check this story. Clinton is not in Syracuse.

IQ92
hi, UT

This is speculation based on my flying in canyons (as a young man), and knowledge of that exact area. The wind patterns there are impossible to predict and often very strong—far beyond what a 172 could handle. Remorseful, in any case.

BYU Track Star
Los Angeles, CA

When you come up on the name Whatcott. You always wonder if you knew their Uncle or Cousins from The BYU dorms or the BYU Track and X-C team some 40 years ago? I'm so sorry for your loss Whatcott family.

sammyg
Springville, UT

Sad story and a senseless accident.

At being a pilot of only 19yrs of age and having his license only since May...

Wow, so so sad.

moabite98
Moab, UT

The only references to Syracuse in the story are to the high school the boys attended. Hardly a good time to be nitpicking about such a thing, especially when there is no need for a correction at all.

Eddie
Syracuse, UT

I am so sorry for your loss as a family. Having lost a sone near the same age, I know of some of the pain you are going through. I hope you can find the peace that can come to you as you search, through prayer, and find that the plan is perfect and His timing is also perfect.

LivinLarge
Bountiful, UT

Sad beyond belief, deepest sympathies to the family and friends.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

this is heart wrenching and incredibly sad. I can't imagine losing two incredible accomplished boys with their whole life in front of them. I will say however that these single engine small planes are in the news every year due to crashes. Crashes happen to everyone without regard to much of anything other than the sometimes tragic random events of life on earth. I would just never fly on one of these small planes if I had the choice.

LDS Aerospace Engineer
Farmington, UT

Start the investigation with a 19 year old, and a lincese only 2 months ago.

As a pilot myself,
Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic,
6 years in the USAF,
22 years with Boeing,
and 4 years at Hill AFB ...

You can never rule our "mechanical failure",
but 99% of your training is what to do when everything operating properly --
but what to do when everything that COULD go wrong, DOES go wrong.

Safety, Safety, Safety.

As a side note --
My trainer pounded into my young head ---
Pilots are never trained for what to do when you are out screwing around, taking chances and showing off.

Even stunt pilots, acrobatic pilots and fighter pilots know their limits, their plane's limits and stay as far away from them as they can.

My heart goes out to this family,
and the plane owners in Bountiful.

sid 6.7
Holladay, UT

May God Bless this family during this time of need.

Godspeed boys and may you both Rest In Peace.

truth in all its forms
henderson, NV

In life they were not divided, in death they were not separated.

zerowolfe
olivehurst, CA

pilot veered his crippled plane off interstate 15...saved many lives with a last heroic act...god bless those brothers!

McMurphy
St George, Utah

So why was the plane in the gorge to begin with? My theory -- a couple of teenagers shooting the gorge and the pilot got in over his young and inexperienced head.

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

zerowolfe
olivehurst, CA
pilot veered his crippled plane off interstate 15...saved many lives with a last heroic act...god bless those brothers!

9:42 p.m. July 22, 2014

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???
Where did it say that?

brave pilot veered off the interstate, saved many lives?

2 young men were killed.
Speaking as a pilot myself, this should have NEVER happened.

If they took off from Beaver,
They SHOULD have been at crusing altitude of 10,000 - 14,000 ft.

Even with a total engine out,
that would leave up to 20 minutes and many options to find a safe landing spot.

If they were flying below the canyon ridge,
at 120 mph,
and got boxed in,
experienced any severe turbulance,
had any mechanical problem,
etc.

they would have had less than a split second,
and next to zero options.

God bless them, and those they left behind,,,

Maleficent
Waterville , ME

I lost all three of my children and I am familiar with the sorrow this family and community are undergoing. For me such a shocking loss is the most extreme grief, a weight that cannot be borne nor lifted without the power that holds the universe together. May those tender mercies of healing comfort cover all.

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