Doug Larsen Plane Crash
North Dakota State Senator Doug Larsen, along with his wife Amy and their two children, were tragically killed in a plane accident in Utah. The heartbreaking news was confirmed by an email from Republican Senate Majority Leader David Hogue, sent to his fellow senators on Monday.
The Grand County Sheriff’s Department released a statement on Facebook saying the plane went down shortly after departing from Canyonlands Airfield, located about 15 miles north of Moab, Utah. According to the sheriff’s department, there were no survivors among the four occupants of the plane.
“In a devastating turn of events, Senator Doug Larsen, his beloved wife Amy, and their two young children lost their lives in a plane crash in Utah last night,” Hogue wrote in his email. “They were on their way back to North Dakota after spending time with family in Scottsdale, Arizona.”
Doug Larsen Cause of Death
“In the wake of such an unimaginable loss, I think the starting point is to offer heartfelt prayers for the grandparents, Senator Larsen’s surviving stepson, and the extended family of Doug and Amy,” said Senate Majority Leader David Hogue. “Hold your loved ones close today.”
The National Transportation Safety Board disclosed via X, the social platform previously known as Twitter, that an inquiry into the crash involving the single-engine Piper plane is underway. Attempts to obtain further details from sheriff’s officials went unanswered as of Monday.
Elected to the North Dakota Senate in 2020 as a Republican, Larsen represented a district encompassing Mandan, which lies just across the Missouri River from Bismarck. He chaired a Senate committee focused on commercial and industry regulations.
Beyond his legislative role, Larsen was also a lieutenant colonel in the North Dakota National Guard. He and his spouse, Amy, were entrepreneurs. The crash site, Moab, is a tourist-centric town of approximately 5,300 residents, situated near the national parks of Arches and Canyonlands.
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