Plane crash victim had adventurous spirit
Peter Landherr remembered as a devoted father of 4 with many passions
August 28, 2012
National Transportation Safety Board Investigator Jennifer Rodi said Tuesday that a witness reported seeing Peter Landherr take off from the Glenwood Springs Municipal Airport at 1 p.m. Friday.
But a witness who was near the crash site north of Milner at 4 p.m. that day did not report seeing the plane.
“We need to clarify that,” Rodi said about the timeline, noting that it is important for investigators to determine exactly when the plane crashed so they can analyze things including what the weather conditions were like at the time. “Everything hinges on the timeline of the crash.”
Rodi said the plane, a 1963 Piper PA24, exhibited signs of vertical crushing from the bottom up and appeared to have a “relatively flat” impact angle. She said the aircraft was not equipped with a black box or voice recorder, but investigators did recover a handheld GPS that they hope can map the path of the flight.
Rodi said she hopes to release a preliminary report on the crash by Friday.
She added the NTSB also is looking into a report that maintenance was performed on Landherr’s aircraft last week in Glenwood Springs.