CREEDE, Colo. (AP) — A small plane has crashed in a remote part of southern Colorado, killing three people.
An aerial photography company owns the Cessna 320 that went down Wednesday afternoon, less than a mile from the single-runway airport near the historic mining town of Creede.
Mineral County coroner Charles Downing says a witness reported that the plane sounded like it was having engine trouble and appeared to be trying to land at the airport. It crashed in a small gulley near the Rio Grande River.
Downing identified the victims as 51-year-old pilot Jere (Jerry) Ferrill of Castle Rock, 17-year-old David Louwers of Longmont and Mykhayl (Mee-KALE’) Sutton.
The plane was owned by Rocky Mountain Aerial Surveys of Longmont.
Creede is the only town in the county and is surrounded by national forest.