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Plane Crash Kills 2 Couples Leaving On Vacation, 15 Years After Brother's Air Death

Remnants of the plane crash

Friends say a Utah pilot killed with three others when a plane crashed on a highway also lost a brother to an aviation accident more than a decade ago.

Mormon bishop Steve Cottle says the family is experiencing a tragic rerun of Corry Clarke's 2002 death in a gyroplane.

His brother Layne Clarke died Wednesday after departing the same municipal airport. Friend Jeff Henderson says Clarke was piloting the Beech A36 Bonanza. He says Clarke was a business owner who had gotten his pilot's license about five years ago.

Layne Clarke was traveling to Island Park, Idaho, for a vacation with his his 42-year-old wife, Diana Clarke, and 45-year-old Perry Huffaker and his 42-year-old wife, Sarah Huffaker. All were killed.

The plane crashed on a highway, narrowly missing cars when it barreled across lanes through a gap in traffic.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating why the plane crashed shortly after takeoff in Ogden, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) north of Salt Lake City.