Four Utahns were hospitalized Saturday with injuries suffered in a plane crash near Battle Mountain, Nev.

The pilot and his three passengers were en route to Sacramento, Calif., from Provo and stopped in Battle Mountain to refuel, said Lander County Sheriff Stephen Bishop."I would say, definitely, they're lucky to escape with their lives," he said.

Two of the passengers were taken to University of Utah Hospital by air ambulance where one is listed in serious and the other in critical condition, a nursing supervisor said.

A third passenger was taken to Primary Children's Medical Center. The fourth was being treated in Nevada.

The names of the pilot of the Cessna 172 and his passengers were not released pending notification of relatives, Bishop said.

"The light aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances just west of the Battle Mountain Airport," said Tommy Aina, regional duty officer for the Federal Aviation Administration's Los Angeles office. "The aircraft is substantially damaged."

The single-engine plane crashed on takeoff about 11:39 a.m., Bishop said.

The case has been turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board.

Battle Mountain is about 230 miles east of Reno, Nev.