Loveland couple dies after plane crashes in Grand Teton National Park
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MOOSE, Wyo. - A couple from Loveland were killed in a plane crash in Grand Teton National Park Wednesday.
The crash happened just after noon . Park officials said the two on board were dead when emergency responders arrived at the site.
The National Park Service identified the victims as Russell Kamtz, 67, and Carol Kamtz, 65.
The single-engine kit plane crashed near Jackson Hole Airport. The airport is Wyoming's busiest airport and the only commercial airport in the nation located inside a national park.
A witness said the plane was approaching the airport from the south when it banked and nose-dived into the ground. The crash location is within sight of the airstrip.
The plane “just kind of banked to the side” and dove directly into the ground, said Cole Murray, who works construction at the airport.
There were no flames or smoke and Murray said he didn’t hear an explosion.
Park officials say the plane was an RV7, a two-seat, single-engine plane that is home built and classified as experimental.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.
The airport’s website showed a United Airlines flight from Denver that was scheduled to arrive in Jackson at 12:33 p.m. was diverted to Idaho Falls.
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