Tragic Plane Crash Kills Phillies Pitcher Near Salt Lake City, Utah
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH- Nbcsports.com writes that a former professional pitcher for the Phillies was killed in a tragic plane crash this week. The 35-year-old was reportedly the pilot of the small aircraft when it crashed.*
Reports indicate that the plane came down in the Wasatch Mountains, which are located close to Salt Lake City, Utah. In total, four people were on the plane at the time, and all four were killed in the crash. The other victims included the pilot's 35-year-old friend, his 60-year-old aunt, and 62-year-old uncle. The victim was drafted to the Phillies in 2007.
The tragic death of the former pitcher is the third time since 2006 that a former pitcher for the team died while piloting a small plane. In 2006, one former pitcher was killed in a crash on New York's upper east side when he struck an apartment building. In 2017, another former pitcher died when he crashed his plane in the Gulf of Mexico.
A man who was hiking in the area with his sons made the call to 911 after witnessing the plane spiraling down from the air. The witness stated that he lost sight of the aircraft and then heard the sound of the crash. Emergency services rushed to the scene, but reports indicate that all of the victims were killed instantly on impact.
Unfortunately, small plane crashes are on the rise in the United States. In 2018, the nation saw an increase of thirteen percent as compared to 2017. In 2018, at least one plane crash-related death occurred on average each day. The National Transportation Safety Board states that the reason for the rise is not entirely clear.
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