Victims in plane crash identified

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— The identities of two people involved in a fatal plane crash Saturday night have been released by the Routt County Coronor's office. Lou Marina and Greg Kyprios were both from Steamboat Springs.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash site today to determine which of the men was piloting the Lancair Columbia and what caused the crash.

The plane was heading to the Steamboat Springs Airport-Bob Adams Field from Iowa.

The crash of the Lancair Columbia turboprop aircraft was reported to the Routt County Sheriff's Office at 7:30 p.m. by a hunter who called 911 from his cell phone, said Routt County Search and Rescue incident commander Randall Hannaway on Sunday.

The hunter, Dustin Woods of Denver, reported a plane flying dangerously low in the vicinity of Walton Peak. He also reported hearing sputtering and what sounded like backfiring.

"They flew almost right over our campsite," Woods said. "I heard three bangs, and then there was no more motor noise."

Shortly after the call from Woods, Routt County Dispatch received a call from a friend of the pilot saying he was overdue.

Routt County Search and Rescue sent four ground teams out Saturday night with direction finding equipment. The teams were called back to Steamboat about 1:30 a.m. when their search was unsuccessful.

At 8 a.m. Sunday, Civil Air Patrol began to search for the crash site. Local pilot John Whitte took two Search and Rescue members in his helicopter.

The downed plane was found at 10:37 a.m. by the helicopter.

Investigators from National Transportation Safety Board and the airplane manufacturer were at the site Monday.

The Sheriff's Office has secured the site because of its accessibility from the road.

To reach Autumn Phillips call 871-4210 or e-mail aphillips@stemaboatpilot.com

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