2 dead in Rabbit Ears Pass plane crash; Plane bound for Boulder

Broomfield man identified as one of the victims

DENVER - Two people died in a Routt County plane crash on Sunday.

The plane took off from Steamboat Springs and was bound for Boulder when it was reported overdue late Saturday afternoon, according to the Routt County Sheriff's Office. 

The plane crash victims were identified as William Earl Allen, 62, and a flying student, Terry Lynn Stewart, 60, of Houston, Texas, Routt County Coroner Robert A. Ryg told 7NEWS.  He said the two flew to Steamboat to have lunch and were on their way back to Boulder when it crashed.

The plane was a Piper PA-28 Cherokee, according to the Denver Post.

The Steamboat Springs Civil Air Patrol told 7NEWS that wreckage of the missing aircraft was found in Routt County, off Highway 40, on the west side of Rabbit Ears Pass.

Jim Linville, incident commander for Routt County Search and Rescue, told the Post that the Harrison drainage area southwest of Walton Peak is where there have been three previous plane crashes over the years.

"Planes leaving Steamboat don't realize they have to gain more altitude before they go up that drainage and that's where they end up. That has happened several times," Linville told the newspaper.

He said the CAP plane had picked up a signal from the downed aircraft.

"The Civil Air Patrol plane did that. They got the signal from the plane and then they were able to spot the fuselage,"  Linville told the paper.

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