Decorated military aviator and North Dakota State Sen. Doug Larsen, his wife, Amy, and their two young sons died tragically Sunday after a single-engine aircraft the senator was flying crashed shortly after he took off from the Canyonlands Regional Airport in Utah.

The Grand County dispatch center received a report at 8:26 p.m. on Sunday about an isolated incident involving an aircraft taking off from the airport “then crashing into the ground,” according to a release from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office.

First responders — including the Grand County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Grand County EMS, Moab Valley Fire Department, Canyonlands Regional Airport, and Classic Air Medical — found the aircraft “in a remote area bordering Canyonlands Regional Airport.”

“Tragically, the pilot of the plane, North Dakota State Senator Douglas Larsen, his wife, Amy Larsen, and their two youngest children did not survive the crash,” the release stated. (Excerpt from The Christian Post.)


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