Loveland Ski Area plane crash victims identified as James Kerker, Amy Kerker and young son from Ohio

CLEAR CREEK COUNTY, Colo. - A couple from Ohio and their 6-year-old son were killed in the plane crash at Loveland Ski Area on Tuesday.

Clear Creek County Sheriff's Office captain Randy Long confirmed to 7NEWS that the Kerker family from Raymond, Ohio, left Rocky Mountain Airport in Broomfield at 8:10 a.m. They crashed a short time later at Loveland Ski Area's Loveland Valley beginner area.

Witnesses said the pilot was flying west up toward the Eisenhower Johnson memorial tunnels when the plane suddenly turned around.

"[They were] Trying to, obviously, go over the Continental Divide at that location," Long said. "It did not appear that that aircraft had enough altitude. The pilot made a turn to go back down the valley. In the process of making that turn, the aircraft lost power and crashed."

Long said James Kerker, 43, was the pilot. His wife, Amy Kerker, 39 and their 6-year-old son, Lucas, were also on board. No one survived.

The Kerkers were visiting family in Denver. They were flying to Moab, Utah, when the plane crashed.

The plane went down in a heavily, wooded area under a ski lift. The Clear Creek County Sheriff's Office said the crash ignited a fire, but the fire was contained to about 40 square feet.

The investigation into the cause of the crash is being led by the National Transportation Safety Board. 

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