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NTSB is investigating Meeker airplane crash, victim’s name still withheld

Sky-Hi News Staff Report

As of 2 p.m. Jan. 16 the Rio Blanco Sheriff’s office has given control of the crash investigation to NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board).

“Local authorities will be releasing the name; it is not up to the NTSB to release the name,” said Keith Holloway, PIO for the Central Regional Office of the NTSB. NTSB is still investigating the crash.

Sherrie Johnson of the Rio Blanco Sheriff’s office referred calls to their undersheriff who is not available until Monday.

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

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.

The aircraft left Salt Lake City, Utah en-route to Granby with an unknown number of persons on board.

This story will be updated on Monday.

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