A Second Victim Has Been Identified in the Thanksgiving Day Telluride Airplane Crash
According to an online news report published on telluridenews.com, a second plane accident victim has been identified by the San Miguel County Coroner.*
The single-engine plane accident occurred on Thanksgiving Day just east of the Telluride Regional Airport. The small plane crashed in the Last Dollar development, which is less than a mile from the Telluride Regional Airport's east runway. According to the news report, the Telluride Regional Airport lost communication with the plane at around 1:30 pm on Thursday. Many eyewitnesses reported the plane going down to the San Miguel County Sheriff's Office. The San Miguel County Sheriff's Office stated that the accident site was located approximately one hour later after the accident. The search team discovered both people in the plane were tragically dead.
San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters stated that the first call came from Telluride Regional Airport personnel, who stated that the aircraft's emergency beacon was sending out a signal. A local resident called the San Miguel County Sheriff directly and stated that she felt "quite certain" that a plane had crashed. The San Miguel Sheriff's Office received numerous phone calls. The San Miguel Sheriff's Office, Telluride Fire Department/EMS, San Miguel Search and Rescue, and the San Miguel County Coroner all responded to the plane accident scene within one hour of the first phone call.
According to the news report, the small plane nearly crashed into a house. The news report also stated that the pilot was operating a popular Van RV-4 kit-built plane. The two-passenger plane is powered by a single engine. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is classified as an "experimental aircraft."
According to San Miguel County Sheriff, the emotional outpouring and support from members of the community are extraordinary in accidents such as these. The plane accident is the second accident in the past two months. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the accident, and the preliminary accident report will take a few months to complete.
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