Wreckage of plane removed from crash site

The wreckage of an airplane that crashed near Baxter Pass Sunday, killing its two occupants, has been removed from the crash site for additional study, according to the initial crash report from the National Transportation Safety Board.

Dan Baker, the agency’s lead investigator in the crash, said in an e-mail that investigators are done studying the crash site in western Garfield County.

“All aircraft wreckage was contained in a small area and all major components of the airplane were accounted for,” Baker said.

“The on-scene portion of the investigation involved documenting the accident site,” Baker said. “This involved photographing the scene, diagramming the aircraft wreckage and recording the positions and locations of the airplane components.”

Both men on board, Houston resident Charles Landry, 60, and Green River, Wyo., resident Steven Bartlett, 50, died of multiple injuries, according to the Mesa County Coroner’s Office.

Baker said the wreckage of Landry’s airplane did not scatter over a large area during the crash.

The federal government’s preliminary findings in the crash are expected to be released within the next two weeks, according to Bridget Ann Serchak, a spokeswoman for the National Transportation Safety Board.


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