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Plane crash near Telluride kills newlyweds

Couple from Florida were on honeymoon

A plane crash Monday east of Telluride killed the pilot and the only passenger, according to the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office.

The two victims were newlyweds and have been identified as Costas John Sivyllis, 30, and Lindsey Vogelaar, 33, both of Port Orange, Florida.

The privately owned Beechcraft Bonanza aircraft was found Tuesday afternoon in Ingram Basin east of Telluride. There were no survivors.

The plane left the Telluride Airport about 12:45 p.m. Monday and is believed to have crashed 10 to 15 minutes later, according to a San Miguel Sheriff’s Office report.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

A search and rescue helicopter accesses the site of a plane crash east of Telluride that killed newlyweds on Monday.

The couple eloped to Telluride and held a small wedding Oct. 1. They were on an adventure-filled honeymoon and were documenting it online for friends and family to follow, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Both worked in the airline industry. Sivyllis was a United Airlines pilot and a flight instructor.

The couple were heading back to Florida with a possible stop in Oklahoma to refuel.

Body recovery for the deceased victims was complete at 6:25 p.m. Monday.

“Sheriff Masters extended his personal condolences, and those of the entire rescue team, to the victims’ families,” according to a Sheriff’s Office Facebook post.


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