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ST. GEORGE, Utah - Four young men were killed when a small plane crashed at a southern Utah airport, officials said Sunday.

Marc Mortensen, a spokesman for the city of St. George, identified the victims as Colby Hafen, 28, and Christopher Chapman, 20, both of Santa Clara; Tanner Holt, 23, of Washington City; and Alexander Metzger, 22, of St. George.

He said investigators believe all four were killed on impact when the single-engine Cessna 172 crashed early Saturday.

The plane went down at about 1:30 a.m. about 400 feet from the runway but wasn't discovered on the airport property until more than four hours later, Mortensen said.


Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the cause of the crash hasn't been determined. It is not clear whether the plane crashed after takeoff or while landing.

In California on Saturday, the pilot and passenger of a banner-towing plane survived a crash into San Diego Bay. The FAA said the pilot of the single-engine Cessna reported engine problems and went in the water south of the Coronado Bridge around 4:20 p.m.

A Coast Guard rescue boat picked up the two and agency spokesman Henry Dunphy said they cleared medical examinations.

Gregor said the plane remained in the water hours after the crash. No decision had been made on whether it would be recovered.