NTSB investigators en route to Routt County to investigate fatal plane crash on Rabbit Ears

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Rabbit Ears plane crash site

— A team of investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board is on its way to Routt County to start the probe of the plane crash on Rabbit Ears Pass that killed two people.

Dan Baker, deputy chief for the NTSB's Central Region office in Denver, said Monday morning that the lead investigator is traveling Monday from Texas and is expected to be on the scene of the crash Tuesday morning.

"The indications we've gotten from search and rescue and the sheriff's office is that we will be able to travel to the wreckage," Baker said.

Investigators will document what they find at the crash site and will start working to determine what caused the crash.

The wreckage will then be recovered.

Investigators could have a preliminary crash report in the coming days.

Flight instructor William Earl Allen, 62, of Broomfield, and his student Terry Lynn Stewart, 60, of Houston, were flying back to Boulder from Steamboat Springs in a single-engine Piper Arrow when their plane crashed in the Harrison Creek drainage area on Saturday night.

Routt County Search and Rescue members reached the crash site about 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

The bodies of the crash victims were recovered Sunday afternoon after a tough recovery effort.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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