North Dakota state senator, his wife and 2 kids killed in Utah plane crash


October 3, 2023

Andrea Cooper, North Dakota Legislative Council via AP

In this photo provided by North Dakota Legislative Council, North Dakota Republican state Sen. Doug Larsen stands for this photo on Dec. 4, 2022, at the state Capitol in Bismarck, N.D. Larsen, his wife Amy and their two young children died Sunday in a plane crash near Moab, Utah. Larsen was first elected to the North Dakota Senate in 2020. His district comprises Mandan, which neighbors Bismarck, to the west across the Missouri River.

BISMARCK, N.D. - A state senator from North Dakota, his wife and their two young children died when the small plane they were traveling in crashed soon after a refueling stop in Utah, a Senate leader said Monday.

Doug Larsen's death was confirmed Monday in an email that Republican Senate Majority Leader David Hogue sent to his fellow senators and was obtained by The Associated Press.

The plane crashed Sunday evening shortly after taking off from Canyonlands Airfield about 15 miles (24 kilometers) north of the desert recreation town of Moab, according to a Grand County Sheriff's Department statement posted on Facebook. The sheriff's office said the senator was the pilot and all four people on board the plane were killed.


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