January 19, 2016
A prominent Arizona businessman and his wife were killed on January 18th when their 1999 Cessna Citation 525, crashed into a snowy field some 40 miles away from Salt Lake City in the town of Cedar Fort. Commercial real estate executive Donald L. Baker, 59, and his wife, Dawn Elizabeth Baker, 55, were found in the wreckage of the plane.
Residents in the small town reported hearing a loud noise and seeing the airplane on fire as it came apart and fell to the ground. A spokesperson for the sheriff’s office says it appears that the airplane was having mechanical problems and that the pilot may have tried to go back to Salt Lake City. The crash occurred about 10 minutes after takeoff.
Volunteers helped search through the debris for any evidence of what may have caused the crash. Further investigation into the cause of the crash may help answer some questions for the families of the two individuals who perished in the crash.