Tyson Brummett, former Phillies pitcher, killed after plane he was piloting crashes in Utah
A former major league pitcher was killed Friday morning when the plane he was piloting crashed in the Wasatch Mountains south of Salt Lake City, according to authorities in Utah.
Tyson Brummett, 35, was piloting a Cessna 172 that took off from South Valley Regional Airport in West Jordan when it crashed in American Fork Canyon, according to the Utah County Sheriff's Office.
Brummett, his friend Alex Ruegner, 35, and Ruegner's uncle and aunt, Douglas Blackhurst, 62 and Elaine Blackhurst, 60, died in the crash.
Brummett appeared in one major league game, retiring two batters in a 2012 game for the Philadelphia Phillies, who drafted him in the seventh round out of UCLA in 2007.
He was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays after the 2012 season and pitched in their minor league system in 2013, and for the Los Angeles Dodgers' Class AA club in 2014, before he was released in August 2014.
Brummett's plane crashed at an elevation of around 8,500 feet, and all four victims appeared to be killed on impact, according to the sheriff's office. The crash was witnessed by hikers in the popular recreation area.
The National Transportation Safety Board said in a tweet that it is investigating the crash.