Former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Tyson Brummett died Friday morning in a plane crash that killed three others, police said.
Brummett, 35, was flying a small plane from South Valley regional airport in western Jordan, Utah, when members of the Utah County Sheriff’s Office received information about 8 am the plane crashed near Box Elder Peak in American Fork Canyon, according to a press release.
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Witnesses told police they saw the small spiral plane out of sight and a few minutes later they heard the impact. They called 911 but walked to the scene where they verified that the occupants “died on impact”.
Rescue teams were dispatched to the scene and also confirmed the deaths of four occupants.
Brummett, friend Alex Blackhurst and his aunt and uncle, Elaine and Douglas Blackhurst were identified as the victims.
The NTSB and the FAA are investigating the cause of the accident.
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Brummett was drafted by the Phillies in 2007 where he played in the Phillies system for five years, reported The Philadelphia Inquirer. He has played only one MLB game in his eight years with miners.