Investigators view wreckage

Weather had delayed safety board's visit to fatal plane crash site


— National Transportation Safety Board officials have visited the site of an aircraft crash that killed a Steamboat Springs couple, though no updates were available Monday.

Joseph and Suzette Brumleve's single-engine plane crashed Dec. 22 about 10 miles west of the runway at Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden. K.C. Hume, an investigator with the Moffat County Sheriff's Office, said NTSB officials were at the site Dec. 29 after delaying the investigation until after Christmas.

The Brumleves, both 67, were killed in the crash.

It was unclear who was piloting the 1986 Piper PA-46 Malibu, which was coming in from Hutchinson, Kan. Both the Brumleves were licensed pilots, and no one else was on board.

The plane went down on private agricultural land about 2 1/2 miles northwest of Elkhead Reservoir, close to Moffat County Road 178. Moffat County Sheriff's officials monitored the site until investigators arrived.

A Federal Aviation Administration official, an insurance agency representative, a representative from Piper and a representative from a wreckage recovery company also visited the crash scene Dec. 29, Hume said.

"The majority of them left on the 30th," he said. "The aircraft is still at that location. : The recovery company and the insurance company planned to remove it this week. I don't know where they're going to take the plane or what they're going to do with it."

Reached at home Monday, Arnold Scott, senior air safety investigator for the NTSB's Denver office, said he could not provide information.

A memorial service for the Brumleves is at 4 p.m. Friday at Christian Heritage School.

- To reach Blythe Terrell, call 871-4234 or e-mail


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