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Initial report about USU aviation crash reveals new information

A line of small planes.

A Utah State University aviation instructor and his student were doing "spin training" when they were killed on June 24.

Investigators have released an initial report about the plane crash that happened between Mendon and Wellsville near the base of the Wellsville Mountains south of State Road 23.

According to National Transportation Safety Board federal investigators, the Cessna 152 took off at approximately 8:30 a.m. from the Logan Cache Airport that day. The airplane maneuvered in the area for about 30 minutes prior to the crash. Surveillance video footage of the accident sequence was located and showed the airplane in a “fully developed spin” prior to impact.

Blake Shumway was identified as the flight instructor and Michael Carpenter was identified as the aviation student.

Utah State University officials said Shumway was a certified flight instructor and worked for USU Aviation since September 2021. Carpenter was majoring in aviation technology/professional pilot and was scheduled to graduate in fall 2022.

At 14-years-old, Kerry began working as a reporter for KVEL “The Hot One” in Vernal, Utah. Her radio news interests led her to Logan where she became news director for KBLQ while attending Utah State University. She graduated USU with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and spent the next few years working for Utah Public Radio. Leaving UPR in 1993 she spent the next 14 years as the full time mother of four boys before returning in 2007. Kerry and her husband Boyd reside in Nibley.