1 dead in single-engine plane crash in Douglas County; plane missing since Sunday morning

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. - One person was found dead in a single-engine plane that crashed in Douglas County. The plane had been missing since Sunday morning.

Douglas County sheriff's spokeswoman Deborah Sherman says a rancher found the Cherokee Piper PA-28 plane in a cow pasture Sunday.

The plane 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, Public Affairs Manager for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Sherman reported that the man on board the plane was killed in the crash.

The plane was last heard from Saturday night when radar pinged it around 8:40pm and when a neighbor called DCSO dispatchers saying that she heard a plane stalling overhead.  About the same time, the pilot’s girlfriend reported him missing to the Federal Aviation Administration which issued a report of an overdue plane, according to Alex Lemishko, Senior Air Investigator for the NTSB.

Sherman told 7NEWS a rancher spotted the crashed plane while checking on his cows Sunday morning. The rancher called to report the crash around 10:43 a.m.


Release of the identity of the man who was killed is delayed, pending notification of his family.

The plane's registered owner is from Texas.

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