Aircraft goes down in remote area northwest of GJ

Two people were killed Sunday afternoon when a small airplane crashed in a remote area of Garfield County near Baxter Pass, according to local and federal officials.

Tanny McGinnis, spokeswoman for the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department, said the aircraft went down in the rugged area near the Utah line.

“There were believed to have been two victims aboard the aircraft at the time of the crash,” McGinnis said in a statement.

The area is about 35 miles northwest of Grand Junction.

A driver who saw the wreckage from Garfield County Road 201 reported the crash around3 p.m., according to Lisa McCammon, spokeswoman for the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department.

Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the downed airplane is a single-engine,
four-seat Grumman Cheetah.

He said the driver who reported the crash checked on the wreckage and saw two bodies.

Gregor said the plane was flying to Dove Creek.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were expected at the scene today.

Units from the two Sheriff’s Departments as well as the Lower Valley Fire Protection District responded to the crash site.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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