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Pilot identified in fatal plane crash near Moab

MOAB — Police have released the name of a pilot killed in a plane crash Monday near the Canyonlands Field Airport.

Donald Kim Ruble, 65, of Moab, was killed after the Quest Kodiak single-engine aircraft he was flying caught a high transmission power line approximately 1 mile southwest of the airport and crashed shortly before 6 a.m. Monday, the Grand County Sheriff's Office said.

The plane was operated by Red Tail Aviation, according to police. Grand County sheriff's spokesman Rick Bailey said Ruble was a contracted pilot for a company that moves freight. The plane was headed to Green River with a final destination of Salt Lake City, Bailey said.

Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.