Southwest Colorado pilot killed in Utah plane crash

MONTICELLO, Utah — Miles Reece of Bayfield, Colo., was killed when the fixed-wing single-engine 175 Cessna he was piloting crashed into a mountainside in San Juan County, Utah, on Thursday, the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies say the plane was found in a steep ravine between Medicine Lake and Beaver Lake in the La Sal Mountains of eastern Utah. Reece, 62, was killed on impact. There were no other passengers on the plane and officials say the plane was only carrying camping equipment.

Reece was flying to Idaho for a camping trip. He flew out of Durango and was going to refuel in Brigham City, Utah. Reece was flying with another plane piloted by a friend, Douglas Berry of New Mexico. Berry was ahead of Reece and had radio, but not visual, contact.

As they entered the La Sal Mountains, the planes disappeared from Grand Junction radar. After clearing the mountains, only Berry’s plane was on radar.

Berry then turned around and was unable to locate Reece. He then flew to Brigham City, but after several hours without contact, Berry contacted authorities to report the plane missing.

No location devices on Reece’s plane were turned on, but search and rescue crews were able to find the plane.