- Associated Press - Monday, February 27, 2017

PANGUITCH, Utah (AP) - The Latest on a plane crash with a father and his two young children aboard (all times local):

12:28 p.m.

Authorities say a father and his two young children have died after their plane crashed in southern Utah.

The Deseret News reports (https://bit.ly/2mmXqI1 ) that Iron County Sheriff Mark Gower said search teams discovered the missing plane Monday morning in a rugged area of the county about 220 miles south of Salt Lake City.

Search teams from six counties spent Sunday looking for the single-engine plane after it went missing about 17 miles northwest of Pangtuich Saturday night.

Randy Wells and his children, 8-year-old Asher and 3-year-old Sara, were returning from a wedding in Phoenix.

Relatives say Wells’ pregnant wife didn’t make the trip to Arizona and was at their home in the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy. Wells was a bishop of his Mormon congregation.


8:23 a.m.

Authorities in southwestern Utah are searching for a plane that was carrying an adult and two children when it went missing over the weekend.

Denise Dastrup is the public information officer for the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office. She says more than 100 people have been searching for the plane since Sunday on foot, all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles and helicopters.

She says the search is centering in the area of Sandy Peak and Little Creek Peak, roughly 17 miles northwest of Panguitch. She says the pilot’s phone last pinged Saturday night.

The Deseret News reports Sandy resident Randall Wells was piloting the plane back from a wedding in Phoenix. His two children were aboard, too.

Dastrup says several law enforcement agencies are involved in the search.

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