A single-engine airplane en route to Central Texas from Aspen crashed in a remote area of West Texas, killing all three people aboard, including Basalt resident Matthew Axtell.
The Sheriff’s Office in Cochran, Texas, released the names of the three victims. The passengers were Axtell, 35, of Basalt, Colorado, and David Bradley Patton, 51, from Colorado. The pilot was identified as Thomas Joseph Taylor, 61, from Abilene, Texas.
A Federal Aviation Administration statement says the single-engine Piper PA-46 aircraft dropped off of air-traffic radar shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday while en route from Aspen, Colorado, to Brenham, Texas.
Law enforcement officials searching for the aircraft found the wreckage near Morton, about 50 miles west of Lubbock, Texas. Investigators from the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board have been dispatched.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.