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Plane Crash Kills Former Head Of Bureau Of Reclamation

Canyonlands National Park

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A former Bureau of Reclamation commissioner and an Arizona man died after their plan crashed in the park on Friday. According to the San Juan County Sheriff's Office, John W. Keys III, 66, of Moab, Utah, and Gary Kramer, 49, of Scottsdale, Arizona, died when the plane went down around 10:30 a.m. that morning in the park's Needles District. Keys was flying the Cessna 172 on a scenic flight over Canyonlands when it went down. He worked for the Bureau of Reclamation for nearly 40 years and once served as the Pacific Northwest regional director. When he retired from the bureau in 2006, Interior Secretary Gale Norton praised him for his work in developing the “Water 2025 Initiative,” intended to avoid future water crises in the West. The plane's wreckage was found Friday and the bodies were recovered. The crash is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration the National Transportation Safety Board.



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