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Details Released on USU Aviation Plane Crash

This USU file photo from May 2022 shows a southward view of Cache Valley from the Logan campus.

Utah State University has confirmed that a USU Aviation plane crashed this morning around 9 a.m. between Mendon and Wellsville, Utah.

Two fatalities have been confirmed: USU flight instructor Blake Shumway and aviation student Michael Carpenter. USU Police have notified the families of the deceased. Other USU Aviation flights have been canceled today.

Blake Shumway was a certified flight instructor and has worked for USU Aviation since September 2021. Michael Carpenter was majoring in aviation technology/professional pilot and scheduled to graduate fall 2022.

“We are devastated by this morning’s tragic crash and the loss of members in our USU community,” said USU President Noelle E. Cockett. “Every student and employee is part of our Aggie family, and we know many individuals will feel this loss deeply.”

USU will be working with employees and students in the USU Aviation program to offer counseling and other services to help them process this loss.

Questions about the crash investigation should be directed to Cache County Sheriff's Office.


Amanda DeRito
Associate VP of Strategic Communications
University Marketing and Communications

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