The former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Tyson Brummett was among four people killed in a Utah plane crash, the authorities said on Friday. The 35-year-old Brummett piloted a small plane from South Valley Regional Airport in West Jordan, Utah when it crashed near Box Elder Peak in American Fork Canyon, the Utah County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.
“A man and two of his sons were walking when they saw the plane spin and then spin down,” said the sheriff’s office. “The witness said the plane got out of his sight and moments later he heard the impact.”
The witness called 911 and then climbed down to the plane where he saw the wreckage and victims, the sheriff’s office said.
The authorities responded to the scene in a helicopter, “confirming that there were four occupants on board the plane and that all four appeared to have died on impact”.
In addition to Brummett, the authorities identified the other victims as Alex Blackhurst Ruegner (35), Elaine W. Blackhurst (60) and her husband Douglas Robinson Blackhurst. The Blackhursts were Ruegner’s aunt and uncle, the authorities said.
The Phillies responded to the message with a message expressing “deep condolences”.
“The Phillies organization expresses its condolences to the family and friends of former launcher Tyson Brummett and three members of the Ruegnar and Blackhurst families who tragically died yesterday morning when a plane crashed,” the Philadelphia Phillies tweeted on Saturday .
CBS Philadelphia reports that Brummett was a 5th round draft pick in 2007 and played in a game with the Phillies in 2012.
The cause of the crash is still being investigated.