Plane crash that killed North Dakota senator Doug Larsen, his wife and two ... trends now
Authorities in Moab, Utah said Larsen, 47, was in the cockpit when the plane crashed just outside of Canyonlands Regional Airport, instantly killing the family of four, which included wife Amy and their two sons, 11-year-old Christian and 8-year-old Everett.
It is believed the four were returning from a visit with family in Scottsdale, Arizona when and were stopping at the Moab, Utah airport to refuel for their flight home.
First responders were sent to the scene, according to the local sheriff's office, and found that all four passengers on the plane had died.
The family's single-engine aircraft went down shortly after they stopped to refuel while returning home from a family gathering in Arizona.
North Dakota state senator Doug Larsen's fatal plane crash that killed himself, his wife and two young children was not caused by a mechanical failure, according to federal investigators
The plane was piloted by Larsen, who flew Black Hawk helicopters and mobilized twice during his 29 years with the North Dakota Army National Guard.
Security video at the airport