Family identifies four people killed in plane crash in San Juan County

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.


SAN JUAN COUNTY, Utah — Family members say there are no survivors after a small airplane carrying four people was found crashed in San Juan County Friday.

According to the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, the crash site was located Friday around 5 p.m. in eastern San Juan County with the assistance of Civil Air Patrol and allied agencies in Colorado.

FAA Spokesman Lynn Lunsford said the wreckage was found about 18 miles southeast of Monticello, Utah.

The son of the deceased pilot tells Fox 13 all aboard the aircraft were killed. Family identified the deceased as pilot Bill Kaupp, Ron McKenzie, Tim Mueller and Clint Kaupp. Bill Kaupp is Clint Kaupp’s father.

KDVR in Denver reports the plane was forced to land in Grand Junction, Colorado after running into inclement weather after leaving Alberta with a final destination of Albuquerque.

The sheriff’s office states the airplane went missing Thursday while over San Juan County. They say they will be turning the investigation over to the FAA. The FAA states their investigators will make their way to the scene and that the National Transportation Safety Board will be in charge of the investigation.

Family members posting on Kaupp Family Farms social media pages released this statement:

“Thank you from the bottom of my broken heart to every first responder, person who shared info on social media, and anyone who helped give us hope today. There’s still good in the world.”

Fox 13 News will update this story as more details emerge.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.