UPDATED INFORMATION: Plane Crashes In Cassia County


By Brandon Redmond

UPDATE 10:30AM Tuesday: The following information has been released by the sheriffs office:

On 9-3-2012 at about 2027 hours, we were advised of a plane crash in the Dry Creek Canyon. We responded to the area with Mini-Cassia Search and Rescue, Rock Creek Ambulance, and Air St. Lukes 2. The plane, a single engine Savannah ADV fixed wing, was located about 18 miles up Dry Creek Canyon. The pilot was deceased and identified as JOSEPH EDGAR TUGAW

This crash is still under investigation by the FAA and NSTB. Details will be added at a later date once the investigation is complete.

Cassia County, Idaho (KMVT-TV) - In remote Cassia County off of Dry Creek Road Fire, EMS, Police and search and rescue teams spent several hours Monday Night into the early morning hours of Tuesday looking for a reported downed airplane.

The Cassia County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by ground crews on atvs and by Lifeflight in the search for the downed airplane. The plane was eventually located in the Dry Creek Canyon just off of Dry Creek Road outside of Murtaugh.

We spoke with Lt. Kevin Horrick of the Cassia County Sheriff's Department and he confirmed that a plane had crashed in the canyon. "The Sheriff's Department today responded to a plane crash up dry creek canyon. The crash is still under investigation."

While the Cassia County Sheriff's Office is releasing very little information about the plane crash, we have learned that there was 1 person aboard the plane, the pilot, and that the 1 person was a fatality. Family members tell us that Joe Tugaw, 82 years old of Twin Falls, was aboard the plane when it crashed.

Tugaw reportedly left the Joslin Field Airport in Twin Falls sometime Monday evening. He was flying over his ranch off of Dry Creek Road when the plane crashed near his cabin in the canyon. The Cassia County Sheriff's Office is continuing their investigation and we will have the latest information as it becomes available.

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