Pilot, Jason Craig Bedford, killed when plane crashes in Douglas County pasture, coroner says

Englewood man flying to visit girlfriend on Easter

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. - Coroner officials say a pilot who died when a single-engine plane crashed in rural Douglas County last weekend was a 27-year-old Englewood resident.

Jason Craig Bedford died of blunt force injuries, the Douglas County Coroner's Office said Monday.

Douglas County sheriff's spokeswoman Deborah Sherman said a rancher found the wreckage of the Cherokee Piper PA-28 plane in a pasture while checking his cattle on Sunday morning. The rancher called 911 to report the crash about 10:43 a.m.

The plane had departed Saturday from Sandia Airpark Estates East Airport in Edgewood, New Mexico, with one person on board and was heading to the Centennial Airport, according to Ian Gregor, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

The plane was last heard from Saturday night when radar pinged it around 8:40 p.m., authorities said. About the same time, a person living near the pasture called Douglas County sheriff's dispatchers to report hearing a plane stalling overhead. 

Then the pilot’s girlfriend reported him missing to the FAA, which issued a report of an overdue plane, according to Alex Lemishko, senior air investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board.

Sheriff's officials said Bedford was flying from New Mexico to Colorado to visit his girlfriend on Easter.

The NTSB investigating the cause of the crash.

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