US Senator Doug Larsen, Wife, Children Killed In Plane Crash

Tragic news struck North Dakota as the state mourned the loss of Senator Doug Larsen, his wife Amy, and their two young children in a devastating plane crash. The accident occurred shortly after the family made a refueling stop in Utah during their return trip from visiting family in Scottsdale. The plane, piloted by Senator Larsen, crashed after takeoff from Canyonlands Airfield, claiming the lives of all on board.

Senate Majority Leader David Hogue confirmed this heartbreaking event to fellow senators, emphasizing the need for prayers and support for the grieving family and friends. The community was deeply impacted by this tragedy, symbolized by the bouquet of roses placed on Larsen’s desk in the Senate chamber.

The National Transportation Safety Board initiated an investigation into the crash to determine its cause. A preliminary report is expected within a few weeks, followed by a final report in a year to a year and a half.

Senator Larsen, a dedicated Republican and a veteran with a commendable 29-year service in the North Dakota Army National Guard, leaves behind a legacy of commitment and service. He was deeply involved in both legislative responsibilities and his business ventures, showcasing his dedication to his constituents and community.

North Dakota’s political landscape will experience a shift as the district begins the process of appointing a successor to complete Larsen’s term, offering continuity and representation during this trying time. The tragic loss has left the entire state mourning the passing of a beloved leader, remembering him for his dedication, humor, and love for flying.