Small plane crash near Utah-Nevada border kills 4

By JOSH LOFTIN | June 1, 2011 | 8:42 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A small plane crashed on Wednesday while trying to land at an airport along the Utah-Nevada border, killing all four people on board, authorities said.

The accident at the Wendover Airport in northwestern Utah happened at about 2:45 p.m., Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said. A cause hasn't been determined and identities of the four killed hadn't been released pending family notification.

The crash follows another fatal accident involving a Cessna 172 that killed three north of Reno, Nev., on Saturday. The wreckage was found Tuesday with the bodies of two men and a woman inside.

The pilot has been identified as 47-year-old Eric Ling, of Roseburg, Ore.

Roseburg Municipal Airport officials said a flight plan was filed for Saturday from Roseburg to Reno, Nev. Ling's mother, Jeanette Ling, told The Roseburg News-Review that her son was hired to fly a couple to New Mexico.

Federal aviation officials were at the site on Wednesday. Nevada investigators haven't released the names of the victims.