2 die in Midway plane crash
By Pat Reavy
Deseret News staff writer

MIDWAY Federal Aviation Administration investigators returned today to the scene of a small-plane crash, rummaging through what few pieces remain of the aircraft.

A plane that crashed Thursday near Midway left a crater 1 1/2 feet deep and sent debris flying 200 feet.

Johanna Kirk, Deseret News
The single-engine, 1983 yellow Russian-built Yak made a nose dive directly into a snowy field just east of Midway near Memorial Hill at 11:57 a.m. Thursday.
Two people on board the plane, Ed Strauchen, 62, Park City, and Bob Koch, 60, Maryland, were killed on impact, Wasatch County Sheriff's Sgt. Jeff Winterton said.
"The plane was traveling at a high rate of speed straight down. The plane exploded upon impact," he said.
The impact of the crash left a crater about 1 1/2 feet deep. The subsequent explosion ejected the passengers from the aircraft and sent parts of the plane flying up to 200 feet, Winterton said.
The plane crashed just off Main Street near an area that is fairly populated. No one on the ground was hurt.
"We're very lucky in that aspect," Winterton said.
Because of the area where the crash occurred, many residents said they could hear the plane going down before they saw it. Most residents reported seeing the plane plummet nose first into the ground followed by an explosion.
The cause of the crash is under investigation although Winterton said Thursday it did not appear to be weather-related.
Investigators said the men did not file a flight log before they took off as they were "just up for a flight around the valley," Winterton said.