Pilot of jet identified

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One of two occupants — and likely the pilot — of the Aero Vodochody L-39C Albatros jet that severed power lines May 28 near the Grand River Diversion Dam and sent them into traffic on Interstate 70 is seen in the cockpit of the damaged plane after it landed that day at Grand Junction Regional Airport.  A National Transportation Safety Board report has confirmed the identity of the pilot as Brian Evans, a 45-year-old California man.

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