SYRACUSE – Officials in Arizona have confirmed that two people from Davis County were killed in a plane crash near the Utah Border.
According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to reports of a Cessna plane crash in the Arizona Strip on Sunday evening.
A press release said that at about 6:29 p.m., deputies responded to the crash scene located about 150 feet south of the Interstate 15 at milepost 14, south of the gorge.
Upon arrival, deputies confirmed two people did not survive the crash and it appears no other occupants were on board.
NTSB investigators were onsite on Monday, as Mojave County officials secured the scene.
Mojave officials later identified the two crash victims as Daulton Rey Whatcott and Jaxon Whatcott of Clinton, Utah.
Daulton was identified as the pilot of the aircraft, a 1969 Cessna 172k fixed wing plane.
Daulton, 19, was traveling with his 16-year-old brother Jaxon from Bountiful en route to Mesquite, Nevada.
Their father Rhett Whatcott later posted a picture taken by Jaxon at an airport in front of a small plane with a small banner saying “My ride to Vegas” on it.
He also posted a message, saying, “God took home two of his shining stars yesterday. Daulton Rey Whatcott and Jaxon we love you forever and miss you until we see you again. Many thanks to the outpouring of love and support. They were loved by all and I'm so thankful they had such great friends.”
Daulton played football and basketball for Syracuse High School and graduated in 2013. Jaxon, a junior at Syracuse also played basketball for the Titans.
The Clipper will have more on this story as it becomes available.