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Utah County sheriff's sergeant killed in plane crash near Spanish Fork

News of death came just before funeral for slain Draper officer

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  • apm22 sparks, NV
    Sept. 6, 2013 12:29 p.m.

    Looks like some kind of home made contraption.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Sept. 6, 2013 1:53 p.m.

    Being a law enforcement officer in Utah is turning into a very dangerous profession. On and off duty.

  • TripleCrown Santa Ana, CA
    Sept. 7, 2013 8:34 a.m.

    The article quotes Utah County Sheriff Jim Tracy as saying that "some of the safety features on the plane deployed during the crash". The skycraftairplanes website lists two safety features that might qualify: emergency locator transmitter and "optional ballistic parachute can be pulled anywhere above an altitude of 500 feet, and will gently drop the airplane level with the ground at 7 feet/second". Since the Sheriff referred to safety features (plural), perhaps both were activated. He also said that the deployment of safety features would be part of the NTSB investigation. Probably the plane did not return to the ground at 7 feet per second.