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Air crashes near Lenado

by Scott Condon

The airplane crash that killed three members of the Rightmire family and a family friend Saturday wasn’t the first time tragedy has struck flyers in the Lenado area.

Below is information on six other fatal crashes in that area and another where four locals miraculously survived. The information is from the records of Pitkin County Air Rescue and the National Transportation Safety Board. 1964: Four men from Colorado, including two priests, were killed when their plane crashed on Porphyry Mountain, an 11,556-foot peak 3 1/2 miles north-northeast of Lenado. July 1972: Four Aspen men were killed when their aircraft crashed in the Sawmill Park region, four miles northeast of Lenado. March 1974: Five people from Indiana were killed when they crashed in thick timber between Woody Creek and Lenado. Their bodies weren’t recovered for three months. April 1976: Two Denver men were killed between Lenado and Ruedi Reservoir, close to Porphyry Mountain. March 1982: A pilot survived but his brother was killed in a crash at Sawyer Lake, five miles east of Lenado. Winter 1983: Four residents of New York died when they hit a ridge close to Lenado. The Lenado crashes include a story with a happier ending.

Four Roaring Fork Valley residents survived a crash near 11,765-foot Mt. Yeckel, four miles northeast of Lenado. Their mishap occurred in October 1987. They were rescued after being stranded for 24 hours in the wilderness.


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