By Gephardt Daily Staff

SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah, July 13, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — Two people are confirmed dead after a small plane crashed and burned Thursday morning in Butterfield Canyon. 

Unified Police Department Lt. Brian Lohrke said officials got word from the Utah Highway Patrol about a small aircraft going down in the area at approximately 10 a.m.

“We were able to get patrol officers up there immediately and also do a search and rescue call out and got search and rescue personnel up there,” Lohrke said. “We were able to locate the crash site which is at the top of Butterfield Canyon right near the border of Salt Lake County and Tooele County. There’s also a Girl Scout Camp up there that has an enclosed fence area and I believe the crash site was pretty close to that camp. The terrain and the fencing around the area there slowed down our progress of getting to the crash site but we were able to get there and we have everything we need up there right now.”

No other details have been provided about the deceased.

The crash also has caused a small brush fire in the area.

“Our first initial rescuers gave us that information that there was a fire and the plane was on fire, and because of the brush around the area they were very concerned about that,” Lohrke added. 

Unified Fire Authority responded to the scene and extinguished the blaze.

Lohrke said officials are slowing down their response and preparing for the investigative stage, in which the UPD will work jointly with the Federal Aviation Administration.

Officials have not yet said where the plane took off from or what its destination was.

Butterfield Canyon, which is just west of the city of Herriman, is closed.