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Hiler of Tabernash, Meeker airplane crash victim

Sky-Hi News Staff Report

Based on the investigation of the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office and Coroner’s Office, and with evidence and identification found on the airplane crash scene, the victim has been identified as 62 year-old William Ray Hiler of Tabernash. According to the release Hiler was seen fueling his plane in Provo, Utah and was the only one seen by a witnesses. It is believed there was no one with him when he left the airport en-route to Granby.

The family of the deceased has been informed.

On Jan. 14, at approximately 6 p.m. the Rio Blanco County Communications Center (RBCCC) received a report of a possible airplane crash approximately 15 miles west of Meeker. The reporting party stated that he heard a plane rev it’s engines, banked twice at a high altitude and then heard an explosion. RBCCC contacted Denver Center Traffic Control and they reported that the aircraft disappear off the radar and RBCCC was given coordinates of the last reported location. The aircraft was reported to be a Bonanza 35 single engine aircraft with a max occupancy of 4-6.

On Friday, Jan. 15 searchers in Meeker found the wreckage of a single-engine Bonanza 35 plane that was bound for Granby’s Emily Warner Field.


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