A statement from Celtic Bank, based in Salt Lake City, confirmed the three men on board were Michael Bradley, Mike Endo, and professional pilot, Rob Thompson.
The Piper PA-46 crashed shortly after taking off from an airport in Paris, Texas, according to Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson Mark Taggert.
Both Endo and Bradley are from Salt Lake City, according to a bank spokesperson. Endo was the Senior Vice President of Celtic Bank and a commercial loan officer, according to a bank spokesperson. Bradley was the owner and real estate broker with MBA Realty and was consulting with the bank on the sale of property in Texas. It’s unclear where Thompson is from, but a bank spokesperson said he was hired by Celtic Bank to pilot the plane.
In a statement, Reese Howell, Jr. Chairman and CEO of Celtic Bank writes, "This is a challenging and difficult time for the entire Celtic Bank family. We are sad and focused exclusively on providing love and support for the families and friends of those lost in the crash."
Taggert did not know where the plane was heading, but did say there was fog in the area at the time of the crash.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.