Harold Raggio, Steven Dale Wilkinson, Rosalinda Leslie, and Michale Lyle Riley killed in small-plane crash in San Juan Mountains near Silverton, Colorado

Modified Date: 
Tue, 10/06/2015 - 9:29am
Accident Date: 
Sunday, September 6, 2015

NTSB now says 4 dead in crash

The National Transportation Safety Board has revised the number of fatalities from the Sunday plane crash in San Juan County, confirming that four people, not five, are dead. The NTSB also confirmed that the crashed plane is the same plane that was reported overdue by a family member that expected it to arrive in Amarillo. The initial information was that five were aboard the Cessna 310 that crashed in the Ironton vicinity at 11,500 feet, leaving a debris field 300 feet long, said Peter Knudson, spokesman for the NTSB.

Retired Marine flyer owned, flew plane that crashed near Silverton

The plane that crashed killing five Sunday in the San Juan Mountains was owned by a California resident and retired Marine flyer, according to a fixed-based operator at Barstow-Daggett Airport. He had kept a plane at Daggett Aviation Inc., and recently moved to another hanger at Big Bear Airport, said Alan Hamm, who runs Daggett Aviation. A National Transportation Safety Board tail number for the plane that crashed on a mountain side near Silverton shows a Cessna 310 registered to Harold Raggio of Newberry Springs, Calif. An NTSB investigator is expected to be at the crash site Tuesday, said NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson. He said Raggio was headed to Amarillo, according to his flight plan, and stopped for gas in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Crash victims identified

Harold Joseph Raggio of Newberry Springs, Calif., perished with his passengers Steven Dale Wilkinson of Newberry Springs, Rosalinda Leslie of Hesperia, Calif. and Michale Lyle Riley of Barstow, Calif., according to the Associated Press, which cites the San Juan County Sheriff's Office.

NTSB: Pilots in Colorado plane crash that killed 4 lacked ratings

The NTSB report says, however, the pilots were rated to be flying only a single-engine plane and without instruments. "Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident," the NTSB report said. Authorities believe the plane crash at high speed. The NTSB did not say when their final report on the crash would be complete. Federal investigators say the two pilots of a twin-engine plane that crashed this month in southwest Colorado, killing all four aboard, were not qualified to be flying the aircraft.

5 killed in small plane crash in Colorado mountains

A search and rescue team from the San Juan County Sheriff's Department was at the scene and an NTSB investigator was on the way.

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The NTSB originally said five people were on the twin-engine aircraft when it went down about 4:35 p.m. (6:35 p.m.), but the San Juan County Sheriff's Office, which sent crews to the scene with Colorado National Guardsmen, said four people were on board.
Authorities say five people were killed in the wreck of a twin-engine Cessna 310 in the southwestern Colorado mountains 4:15 p.m. Sunday. Knudson could not say whether it was the same Cessna 310 reported overdue on a flight from Barstow, California, to Amarillo, Texas.  
People Involved: 
Harold Raggio
Steven Dale Wilkinson
Rosalinda Leslie
Michale Lyle Riley
Denver, CO

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