American senator, Doug Larsen, along with his wife and their 2 children died as a result of a plane crash in Utah.
The plane carrying Doug Larsen and his family crashed shortly after takeoff near Moab, Utah. As a result of the accident, the pilot of the plane also died. The Larsens were visiting family in Scottsdale, Arizona.
According to the Associated Press, Larsen's death was first confirmed by North Dakota Senate Majority Leader David Hogue in an email to his colleagues.
"I'm not sure where mourning begins with a tragedy like this, but I think it begins with prayers for the grandparents and all of Doug and Amy's relatives," Hogue said.
According to the Grand County Sheriff's Office, the plane was located in a remote area bordering the airport. The National Transportation Safety Board said on social media "X" that investigations are underway into the crash of Piper PA-28-140 near Utah. Canyonlands Airport remains operational while the investigation takes place.
Larsen was elected to the North Dakota Senate in 2020. He chaired a Senate panel on industry and business legislation and also served in the North Dakota National Guard.