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December 1978 plane crash

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Rocky Mountain Airways Flight 217 crashed on Buffalo Pass, northeast of Steamboat Springs. This image was shot Friday from a plane flown by Matt Kotts, who survived the crash as an infant. The power lines the plane hit run down the bare patch in the middle of the photo. The plane landed toward the top of the pass. Photo by Blythe Terrell

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Rescuers remove a passenger from the crash site on Buffalo Pass on the morning of Dec. 5, 1978. One passenger died in the crash, and the pilot died of his injuries three days later. Rod Hanna/Courtesy

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Rescuers came on snowmobiles and snowcats to assist Dec. 5, 1978, at the scene of the plane crash on Buffalo Pass. Rod Hanna/Courtesy

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Rescuers get to work at the scene of the Rocky Mountain Airways Flight 217 crash. The plane crashed about 7:45 p.m. Dec. 4 on the east side of Buffalo Pass. Rod Hanna/Courtesy

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