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FAA: Two killed in plane crash in NW Colorado

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. ” A single-engine airplane crashed near the small northwestern Colorado town of Hayden on Monday, killing both people on board, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The Piper PA-46 plane was headed to the Yampa Valley Regional Airport from Hutchinson, Kan., when it lost radio contact early Monday afternoon about 10 miles southeast of Hayden, FAA regional spokesman Allen Kenitzer said.

Heavy snow was falling at the time.

Search and rescue crews were dispatched after the fixed-wing aircraft failed to arrive at the airport. Routt County search and rescue crews found the wreckage at about 4:40 p.m. Monday just west of Hayden.

The Moffat County sheriff’s office identified the victims as Joseph and Suzette Brumleve of Steamboat Springs. FAA records show the plane was registered to Joseph Brumleve.

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board are scheduled to arrive at the scene sometime Tuesday, the sheriff’s office said.

Also Monday, Costilla County sheriff’s Sgt. James Chavez said bad weather continued to prevent crews from reaching the wreckage of a small plane that crashed over the weekend in mountains in the southern Colorado.

The Beechcraft Baron, registered to a party in Canada, landed in Pueblo around 6:15 p.m. Saturday to refuel before heading to Santa Fe, N.M. The FAA alerted sheriff’s officials after losing contact with the plane that night.

Two helicopters from Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., found the wreckage Sunday in the Culebra mountain range near Las Animas County. They were unable to land because of high winds.

Authorities said the two people on board the small plane were presumed dead. Efforts to reach the site by ground were called off both Sunday and Monday because of bad weather.

“The plane is on almost a 12,000-foot peak, and the weather conditions ” they’re horrible,” Chavez said Monday evening. “It’s hard to imagine that anybody survived that crash, or that they’d be alive today with the kind of weather we’ve had.”

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