Danville businesswoman killed in plane crash

Aircraft possibly belonging to Peter and Mona Branagh found in remote canyon

A Lafayette couple died in a private plane crash over central Utah this weekend, according to a release. Mona and Peter Branagh were traveling by personal aircraft from the Bay Area to Aspen, Colo. but never arrived at their destination.

On Sunday, a private helicopter hired by the Branagh's family spotted aircraft debris in the Saleredas Canyon, located in Utah's Sevier County. The isolated canyon is 20 miles from the nearest town.

The couple was traveling in a single engine Cirrus SR22 from a stop in Utah to Aspen, Colo. when the plane crashed into a mountainside north of I-70 about 27 miles southeast of Salina, Utah. Sevier County (Utah) Sheriff Nathan Curtis, who went to the site Tuesday, told the Salt Lake Tribune that based on some of the electronic devices that he found, the couple was flying at 14,000 feet before the plane plummeted down into the mountain.

Mona ran Pacific Bay Interior, an interior design business on Hartz Avenue in downtown

Danville; the business will be closed until Thursday. Those seeking assistance with Pacific Bay Interior business should call Jen McDonough at 989-0992.

Peter was a well-known developer in the Lafayette area, president of Branagh Development, as well as director of the California Bank of Commerce and vice chairman of its loan committee.

"Mr. Branagh understood well the link between small business and the vitality of the community, and he understood as well the role that community banks play in serving the financial needs of closely held businesses," a CBC release stated. "He was a tireless supporter of the California Bank of Commerce and he will be sorely missed."

Investigators with the Sevier County Sheriff are working to confirm that the wreckage spotted is that of the Cirrus SR22 registered to Springhill Aviation LLC in Danville, according to reports.


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Posted by SS from a Danville neighborhood.
a resident of Charlotte Wood Middle School
on Jul 17, 2012 at 7:06 am

Didn't Mr. Branagh do that beautiful renovation job on the old Shuey- Povda house on Hartz and School St.?

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Posted by Louise
a resident of Danville
on Jul 20, 2012 at 8:27 am

The Branaghs were a wonderful couple and a great asset to the community. Peter was a great builder and well respected. It is a loss for Danville and the entire community. Yes, he did renovation on Shuey building and a few othrers in Danville.

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Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on Jul 23, 2012 at 12:46 pm

The Danville Express should wake up.

Think about who was killed in the terrible plain crash. ???? A Businesswoman in Danville.

Your writing is getting worse.

Julia Pardini from Alamo

We knew Peter and Mona well...your headline is dishonoring

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Posted by Airline Pilot
a resident of Danville
on Jul 25, 2012 at 10:01 am

Very sorry about your loss.
Mother Nature ALWAYS wins...

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