Two people flying from Wendover to Hill Air Force Base died Friday afternoon when their small plane crashed on Car-rington Island in the Great Salt Lake.
Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Gini Bright said the victims, who have not been identified, had flown from the Hill to Nevada and were returning when the plane crashed.The plane, a Piper Arrow 28-180, was leased by the Hill Air Force Base Aero Club, base officials said.
The crash was reported at about 1:28 p.m., said National Transportation and Safety Board investigator Pete Mangum.
Mangum flew from Seattle to Salt Lake City on Friday to investigate the crash.
Members of the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Department Search and Rescue Team and state park personnel, initially called to look for survivors, took boats to the island to recover the victims' bodies.
Deputies on the scene said the plane apparently clipped a ridge on the island and cartwheeled before bursting into flames about 50 yards from shore.
The crash started a grass fire that burned about 40 acres on the north end of the uninhabited island, which is about 40 miles from Salt Lake City.