Plane crash that killed 2 in Lake Powell was carrying 6 French tourists

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An aerial view of Lake Powell on the Colorado River along the Arizona-Utah border on Sept. 11, 2019.
An aerial view of Lake Powell on the Colorado River along the Arizona-Utah border on Sept. 11, 2019.

A weekend plane crash that left two dead and injured five others was an air tour carrying six French nationals, according to Utah authorities.

Previous coverage: Small plane crashes into Lake Powell, leaving 2 dead, 5 hurt

Witnesses of the plane crashing into Lake Powell near Face Canyon began calling the National Park Service Dispatch about 5:20 p.m. Saturday, the Kane County Sheriff's Office in Utah said in a statement on Facebook.

The plane was flying out of Page, Arizona, and was registered to American Aviation Inc., which offers tours over Lake Powell.

The Arizona Republic reached out to the company for comment. A representative said "any further information" will come from the Federal Aviation Administration or the National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the crash.

The pilot reported an issue with the engine before the plane crashed into the lake, according to the Kane County Sheriff's Office statement. Four passengers were pulled from the lake by the pilot and nearby witnesses, but two others died and remained inside the submerged plane.

The identities of the victims have not been released.

The National Park Service located the plane in about 120 feet of water and divers with the Utah Department of Public Safety were able to recover the bodies, the statement said.

The investigation is ongoing, the Kane County Sheriff's Office said, and the FAA and NTSB are in charge of the plane crash while the Sheriff's Office is responsible for the death investigation.

Reach criminal justice reporter Gloria Rebecca Gomez at grgomez@gannett.com or on Twitter @glorihuh.

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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: 6 French tourists on plane that crashed into Lake Powell