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2 people die in small plane crash near Telluride

Aircraft took off Thanksgiving Day from Durango airport
A Van’s Aircraft RV-4, a homebuilt aircraft made from a kit supplied by Van’s Aircraft of Aurora, Oregon. It seats two people.

A plane crash on Thursday east of Telluride killed both people on board, according to the San Miguel Sheriff’s Office.

The single-engine private plane was on approach to Telluride Regional Airport at 1:30 p.m. when the airport lost contact. Several witnesses reported seeing the aircraft go down.

A two-seater, single-engine private aircraft took off at 12:30 p.m. Thursday from the Durango-La Plata County Airport and crashed a short time later near Telluride. Both passengers died in the crash.

The plane, a Van’s Aircraft RV-4, had taken off from Durango-La Plata County Airport at 12:30 p.m. Thursday en route to Telluride, according to Flight Aware and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Members of the San Miguel Sheriff’s Office, San Miguel Search and Rescue, Telluride Fire Department and San Miguel Coroner’s Office were investigating the scene and working to recover the victims.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board were notified, and a response plan was being formulated.

According to the FAA, the downed plane was found a half mile east of Telluride, and the crash occurred under unknown circumstances. Damage to the aircraft was substantial.

On Oct. 5, another fatal plane crash east of Telluride killed a newlywed couple, Costas John Sivyllis and Lindsey Vogelaar, both of Port Orange, Florida. Their plane crashed 15 minutes after takeoff. That crash remains under investigation by the NTSB.

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