Plane Crash Claims Lives of Two Park Staff
Early on the morning of October 9, 2010, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (NRA) dispatch center received word that a private plane, piloted by Dangling Rope District Law Enforcement Ranger Laurie Axelsen, was overdue and missing. One passenger, Glen Canyon's Chief Law Enforcement Ranger, Brent McGinn, was also on board. Approximately three hours later, searchers discovered the wreckage of the Cessna in the Dixie National Forest. A ground team confirmed that both individuals were deceased. They had been on a scouting trip for an upcoming elk hunt.
In addition to county and local resources, National Park Service staff from Grand Canyon National Park is assisting Glen Canyon NRA with this incident. The cause of the crash is unknown at this time. The investigation is continuing.