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UPDATED: Pilot, passenger partly ID’d in small plane crash

Sep 27, 2015

Officials say two people were in a plane that crashed near Cattle Creek Road and the Rio Grande Trail.
Credit Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office says pilot Benoit de la Vaissiere and passenger Dmitre (last name unknown) were in the plane at the time of Sunday’s crash.

 

Update Monday (9-28-2015) at noon: 

On Monday, the Sheriff’s office released an update, saying both men were still in the hospital as of that morning. Witnesses report the single engine Cessna 182G appeared to be having engine problems before the crash on Sunday morning. It had just taken off from the Glenwood Springs Municipal Airport. Witnesses say the pilot may have been trying to make an emergency landing when the aircraft “flipped over onto its back.” That was just prior to 10am near Highway 82, near Cattle Creek Road and the Rio Grande Trail.  Representatives of Garfield County Sheriff arrived soon after.

 

De la Vaissiere sustained head and leg injuries, and lone passenger “Dmitre” received minor injuries. The Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District also responded to the incident. “When we arrived one of the occupants had been pulled out of the plane by a passersby,” said Deputy Chief Rob Goodwin later Sunday, referring to the passenger. De la Vaissiere was still inside the Cessna. “When we got there we began to take care of the the occupant who was out of the plane,” continued Goodwin, “and then we extricated the person who was still in the plane, and transported both of them to Valley View Hospital.”

The Sheriff’s Office says the Federal Aviation Administration wrapped up their site inspection on Sunday night at 10pm, and the aircraft’s owner is “responsible for the salvage and reclamation of the airplane from the site.” The Rio Grande Trail, which had been closed during the accident, response, and investigation, was reopened Monday morning.

 

Previously, on Sunday (9-27-2015) at 8:45pm:

 

Two people are injured after a small plane crash outside Glenwood Springs on Sunday morning. The Garfield County Sheriff’s office says the pilot sustained head and leg injuries, and a single passenger minor injuries. Both are men.

 

The aircraft crashed along Highway 82 near Cattle Creek Road and the Rio Grande Trail. The Sheriff’s Office arrived at the scene shortly after 10am. The Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District also responded to the incident. “There were two occupants and when we arrived one of the occupants had been pulled out of the plane by a passersby,” said Deputy Chief Rob Goodwin later Sunday. “When we got there we began to take care of the the occupant who was out of the plane. And then we extricated the person who was still in the plane, and transported both of them to Valley View Hospital.”

 

As of Sunday night, the Garfield County Sheriff’s office had not released the names of the two men. The Rio Grande Trail near the crash was closed to allow for an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board, or NTSB.

 

Earlier Sunday:

 

A small plane crashed outside Glenwood Springs on Sunday morning. The Garfield County Sheriff’s office says two people were in the plane, which landed near Cattle Creek Road and the Rio Grande Trail. The Sheriff’s office responded a little after 10am.

 

The Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District also responded. “There were two occupants, and when we arrived one of the occupants had been pulled out of the plane by passersby,” says Deputy Chief Rob Goodwin. “When we got [to the accident] we began to take care of the the occupant who was out of the plane. And then we extricated the person who was still in the plane, and transported both of them to Valley View Hospital.”

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.