Searchers in Vernal have failed to find a single-engine plane missing since Tuesday on a flight from Vernal to the Canyonlands area.
Meanwhile, officials have released the identity of a man who died Tuesday in a plane crash near Evanston, Wyo.The search was to resume Thursday, weather permitting, for the Cessna C-182 that left Vernal Tuesday night, the Uintah County Sheriff's Office said.
Sheriff Drew Christiansen said 15 people in four-wheel-drive vehicles and five Civil Air Patrol planes searched Wednesday.
The pilot, whose name was not released, was believed to be alone. He was carrying parts for a mining operation, but his exact destination was not known, said CAP Capt. Michael Dunlap.
"He was last seen on radar just west of Vernal," Dunlap said. "Our mission coordinator said the man had traveled that route several times, so he was familiar with it."
The Uinta County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday said the pilot killed when his twin-engine plane crashed into a hillside east of Evanston was Joel Personne, 33.
Personne worked for a freight company based in Provo and had apparently been on a delivery run from Rock Springs when his plane crashed in the midst of a snowstorm Tuesday.
The pilot was killed instantly when the plane burst into flames on impact, authorities say.
Personne, who grew up in Grand Junction, Colo., was a former member of the U.S. Ski Team's B-team.
Both the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Authority planned to investigate the crash.
The plane was found on the high desert about 10 miles east of Evanston just before dusk Tuesday by ground crews. It was reported missing after failing to arrive in Evanston shortly after noon as scheduled.