Jun 1, 2007 5:46 pm US/Mountain
LOA, Utah - The pilot and a passenger in a two-seat plane were
killed Friday when the aircraft went down in the Parker Mountain area
of Wayne County in south-central Utah, a U.S. Department of
Agriculture spokeswoman said.
The plane was conducting surveillance work over the area for a USDA
wildlife services program, said spokeswoman Carol Bannerman said.
The plane is owned by Utah’s Department of Agriculture and Food and
used by the USDA in a predator eradication program that protects
livestock from bears, cougars and coyotes, said Larry Lewis, a Utah
The pair were conducting a low-level flying operation to remove
coyotes that were attacking lambs, Lewis said. The pilot was trained
to fly in mountains and had his last skill review in December.
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