Save this content for laterSave this content on your device for later, even while offline Sign in with FacebookSign in with your Facebook account Close

3 dead in Colorado plane crash at ski area were Ohio family

By: Associated Press
July 1, 2014 Updated: July 1, 2014 at 11:37 am
0

GEORGETOWN — Three people who died in a small plane crash at the Loveland Ski Area in Colorado were a family from Ohio.

The Clear Creek Sheriff's Office identified the victims Tuesday as 43-year-old James Kerker, 39-year-old Amy Kerker, and 6-year-old Lucas Kerker, of Raymond, Ohio.

They were on vacation en route to Moab, Utah when they crashed on a slope at the ski resort 55 miles west of Denver.

Witnesses say the plane was headed toward the Continental Divide and attempted to turn around when it appeared it didn't have enough power to clear the wall of mountains. The plane then crashed near a ski lift and caused a small wildfire that was quickly extinguished.

Authorities believe James Kerker was flying the plane because he was a licensed pilot, Long said.

Investigators still piecing together the cause of the crash are gathering witness accounts and information about the pilot's medical history and experience, as well as witness accounts and other data, National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Keith Holloway said.

A preliminary report could be finished by early next week.

Aviation expert Greg Feith told KUSA-TV (http://on9news.tv/1iRrcOe ) that out-of-state pilots can sometimes be surprised by the mountainous terrain and its other obstructions, including ski resort towers and trees. The weather can also be a factor, he said.

Comment Policy
Register to the Colorado Springs Gazette
Incognito Mode Your browser is in Incognito mode

You vanished!

We welcome you to read all of our stories by signing into your account. If you don't have a subscription, please subscribe today for daily award winning journalism.

Register to the Colorado Springs Gazette
Register to the Colorado Springs Gazette
Subscribe to the Colorado Springs Gazette

It appears that you value local journalism. Thank you.

Subscribe today for unlimited digital access with 50% fewer ads for a faster browsing experience.

Already a Subscriber? LOGIN HERE

Subscribe to the Colorado Springs Gazette

It appears that you value local journalism. Thank you.

Subscribe today for unlimited digital access with 50% fewer ads for a faster browsing experience.

Subscribe to the Colorado Springs Gazette

Some news is free.
Exceptional journalism takes time, effort and your support.

Already a Subscriber? LOGIN HERE

articles remaining
×
Thank you for your interest in local journalism.
Gain unlimited access, 50% fewer ads and a faster browsing experience.