One dead, one hurt in plane crash at Eagle County airport
GYPSUM – A small experimental plane crashed into the front of a hangar at the Eagle County airport Friday afternoon, killing one person and injuring another.
The plane, a Rebel experimental aircraft, was headed east when it touched down on the runway, about 4:50 p.m. Friday, witnesses said.
Witnesses said after the plane touched down, it went into the air again and veered to its right about 1,000 feet south of the runway, where it crashed into the front of the Vail Valley Jet Center’s hangar number 4, just above the massive front doors.
Witnesses said they could hear the plane’s engine struggle and stall, then stop completely when it hit.
The plane punched a large hole in the front of the hangar, and fell straight down in front of the door.
Airport fire fighters and emergency personnel were on the scene in moments, pulling the survivor from the wreckage and sending that person by ambulance to the Vail Valley Medical Center.
There were only two people in the plane, authorities said.
The plane’s origin and destination are not yet known, said Kris Friel, Eagle County communications director.
The runway at Eagle County Regional Airport has since reopened.
The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration will take over investigation of the crash. Eagle County Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting, Eagle County Paramedic Services, Eagle County Sheriff and Gypsum Fire District responded.
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