GRAND JUNCTION — Authorities in Colorado have identified the pilot and passenger who were injured in a small airplane crash and fire over the weekend.
The Delta County sheriff’s office said Tyler Beyer, 35, was flying the Cessna twin-seater airplane with his spouse Jessica Beyer, 33 on Sunday when they crashed around noon, The Daily Sentinel reported.
Witnesses told authorities that the plane was experiencing what sounded like engine problems before it crashed near Ward Creek Reservoir, about 20 miles east of Grand Junction.
Deputies, the Delta County Ambulance District and the Cedaredge Fire Department responded to the scene.
The couple was transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction with serious injuries, including broken bones and burns from the fire, authorities said. Jessica Beyer was taken by helicopter and Tyler Beyer was taken by ambulance. Both are from Bar Nunn, Wyo., just north of Casper.
The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.
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