Mother and Pilot Die in Colorado Plane Crash on Sunday

by nph | February 20th, 2012

February 20, 2012

The crash happened at about 3:30 PM Sunday at Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden, Colorado, airport officials say. The plane, a private twin-engine Cessna 414, was carrying six people and crashed just short of the airport runway during a snow storm, according to the Daily Mail.

Traveling with her husband and three children, the mother from Corpus Christi, Texas, died after the private plane crashed.  The pilot was also killed.

The husband and the couple’s three children were taken to the Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. He is thought to have suffered a punctured lung. The daughter is listed in critical condition with a broken back.

The husband posted a statement on Facebook, “Our family was in a plane accident today in Steamboat, Colorado…my wife and our pilot passed away. We are devastated.”

The airport manager says investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board were en route to begin investigation on the cause of the crash. He didn’t know whether the airplane had notified air traffic control of a mechanical failure or if low visibility contributed to the crash.

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The aviation lawyers at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy send their condolences to the family members of the pilot and the woman who died in the crash.