Two plane crash victims died from multiple injuries, county coroner says

The two men who died in an airplane crash Sunday near Baxter Pass in a remote area of Garfield County died from multiple injuries sustained in the crash, according to Mesa County Coroner Dean Havlik.

Havlik, who performed the autopsies on the crash victims — Houston resident Charles Landry, 60, and Green River, Wyo., resident Steven Bartlett, 50 — said both men “had multiple injuries that led to their deaths.”

The local pathologist performed the autopsies for the Garfield County Coroner’s Office.

Emergency responders traveled to the crash site Sunday afternoon after a motorist in the area reported seeing wreckage from Garfield County Road 201.

The National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the crash, has not announced the cause of the crash.

The airplane, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, was flying to Dove Creek when it crashed.

Robert Anderson, airport manager of the Dove Creek Airport, said he had no information about the airplane scheduled to land at his facility.

Kristin Clifford, deputy coroner for the Garfield County Coroner’s Office, said Landry was the pilot.

FAA records for Landry’s airplane, a Grunman Cheetah, show it was declared airworthy in February 1979. The same records show the aircraft was registered to Landry in February 2006.

Federal records also show Landry was certified as a commercial pilot and as an airplane instructor. The Houston resident was up for recertification in May 2009.


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