Plane wreckage found; both men killed

Authorities locate Cessna near Fish Creek Reservoir

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— Authorities have found the wreckage of a twin-engine Cessna that disappeared Sunday morning.

Levi Klapperich of Durango and Mark Klapperich of Hayden died in the wreck. The plane was found about 1 p.m. today, six miles east of Steamboat Springs near Fish Creek Reservoir.

"We had a ground crew that was working that area yesterday, and they just had a hunch and went back to that area today," said Randall Hannaway, a member of Routt County Search and Rescue.

The plane that Levi Klapperich was flying disappeared Sunday morning after leaving Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden.

The father and son were heading for Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport. Their destination was Boulder, for the annual Bolder Boulder 10K race. Several members of the family planned to run it this year, Doug Klapperich said. He is Mark Klapperich's nephew and Levi Klapperich's cousin.

"It was mainly family from Colorado that had assembled on the Front Range to rendezvous and run the race Monday," Doug Klapperich said.

On Monday, the Civil Air Patrol expanded the search to encompass 4,000 square miles in 11 counties. That included nine in Colorado and two in Wyoming, said Maj. Mark Young, Civil Air Patrol spokesman. The search had covered the same area today, he said.

Aircraft out of towns including Steamboat Springs, Grand Junction, Montrose and Durango were searching, Young said.

Young and the Klapperich family had been optimistic. The two men had some survival supplies, Young said.

Hannaway said it was too early to determine the cause of the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board would probably come and review the scene, he said.

"We'd like to thank all who helped in this search; it was a tremendous amount of folks," Hannaway said.

To reach Blythe Terrell, call 871-4234 or e-mail bterrell@steamboatpilot.com

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TAMMYB 5 years, 10 months ago

TO KATIE AND THAD, I OFFER MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY AND WILL CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES. MY SISTER AND BRO IN LAW, AMY AND MATT, HAVE SPOKEN HIGHLY OF YOU FOR YEARS AND I FEEL AS IF I KNOW YOU TOO. PLEASE TRUST IN GOD TO SEE YOU THRU THIS DIFFICULT TIME. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

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tomm 5 years, 10 months ago

Katie, Anna and families. Dawn and I would like to express our deepedt sympathies on the loss of your father, brother and Grandfather. They both will be missed. I have been following the paper all day. Jenny called this afternoon to let us know that they were found. Dawn will call later to talk. Tom & Dawn

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grannyrett 5 years, 10 months ago

Our prayers are with you. We know that God will give you the strength to get through this horrible time.

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mountaingirl33 5 years, 10 months ago

May the familys be comforted during this time. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

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kindraann 5 years, 10 months ago

We are sorry for your loss. Please know that all the family and friends of the Klapperich's are in our thoughts and prayers. May God grant you peace and strength. May you find comfort in those around you and in knowing many people are thinking about you.

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austrek 5 years, 10 months ago

Please know that we are praying for you in this time of loss. God bless you.

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rockstar 5 years, 10 months ago

I am so sorry to hear about this tragic loss. I have been sick since I heard the news. I did not know either man, but I know tragedy and my heart aches for all who knew and loved these men.

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shipmand83 5 years, 10 months ago

To the Klapperich family. Im sorry for your loss. I pray that god gives Comfot and Strength in this time of loss. God bless you.

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christyb 5 years, 10 months ago

To the Klapperich Family: Please accept our deepest sympathy during your time of loss and know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. We will be thinking about you all in the days to come. God Bless.

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