Jason Olson, Deseret News
Friends and family of Christian and Stephanie Nieslen release get-well balloons Saturday.

Plane and helicopter crashes in Utah or involving Utahns in 2008:

Aug. 22: A plane crash killed the pilot and nine employees of the Red Canyon Aesthetics and Medical Spa dermatology clinic shortly after taking off from Canyonlands Field Airport northwest of Moab.


Aug. 16: Flight instructor Doug Kinneard was killed and Christian and Stephanie Nielson were severely burned in a plane crash shortly after taking off from an airport in St. Johns, Ariz. Stephanie Nielson is the daughter of Rep. Stephen Clark, R-Provo, and Provo City Councilwoman Cindy Clark. The couple lives in Mesa, Ariz.


Aug. 9: Charles Wesley McCall and Deborah Lucero, both from Kent, Wash., were killed in a plane crash on the shore of Bear Lake near Garden City.


Aug. 9: Blanding City Council members Eric Lyle Johnson and Brian Bayles and former councilman Kim Acton were killed in a plane crash near the Monticello Airport. The three men were scouting for elk in preparation for the hunting season.


July 22: Two men walked away from a Woods Cross plane crash with minor injuries.


July 19: Three men were killed in a helicopter crash near Price. Killed were James Ian Innes, 59, of Salt Lake City; his son, Andrew Innes, 30, of Park City; and George McDaniel, 40, of Idaho Falls.


July 7: A small plane crashed in a remote area of Carbon County, but rescuers did not find any people.


June 29: A helicopter crash near Flagstaff, Ariz., resulted in the death of six people, including James Taylor, 36, of Eagle Mountain. Taylor was part of a medical team transferring a patient to Flagstaff Medical Center when it collided with another helicopter also performing a patient transfer. He initially survived the crash but died from his injuries five days later.


June 18: Two men were injured when their small plane crashed into a semi on state Route 191 near Vernal.


June 12: A small plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Beaver Municipal Airport, critically injuring the three people on board.


June 2: A helicopter pilot instructor and his student crashed near the Weber-Box Elder County border when their aircraft lost power. The student suffered minor injuries.


May 30: John W. Keys III, 66, of Moab, and Gary Kramer, 49, of Scottsdale, Ariz., were killed in a plane crash about 32 miles south of Monticello in Canyonlands National Park.


April 24: Two planes crashed in separate incidents in San Juan County. No one was seriously injured in either crash.


April 7: An airplane pilot survived after crashing a small plane in Monument Valley near the Arizona border.