Men killed in Utah plane crash pilots with tour company
The identity of the four men killed earlier this week in a plane crash near Zion National Park have been released. Photos also released of crash site. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The names of the four people that were killed in the plane crash in Southern Utah earlier this week have been released.
The four men were 31-year-old Joshua Stubblefield, 44-year-old Chris Spircu, 32-year-old Paul Andres and 45-year-old Todd Stuntzer.
It was reported that Stubblefield was the pilot at time of crash.
All four men were pilots with Maverick Helicopters in Las Vegas. The company offers air tours of Las Vegas and nearby locations like the Grand Canyon and Valley of Fire.
They have issued the following statement:
We are deeply saddened by the news that we lost several members of our organization in a private airplane crash in Utah on Tuesday. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of those lost and respect their request for privacy during this most difficult time.
Bryan Kroten, Vice President of Marketing
The small plane left the North Las Vegas Airport at about 10 a.m. Tuesday morning. It was headed to Bryce Canyon.
A search was launched when it did not arrive at its destination. The wreckage of the plane was spotted that evening in a remote area in Kane County near Zion National Park.
Investigators are now trying to determine what caused the crash. Four young men were also killed less than a week ago in a crash near the St. George Municipal Airport.