Investigators: Plane Climbed Before Fatal Crash At Airpark

DENVER (AP) – Investigators say a single-engine airplane climbed steeply before it leveled off, fell toward its right wing and then spun to the ground at a private airfield in Parker, killing both people aboard.

The Elbert County coroner identified the victims as 49-year-old Pete Vinton, the pilot, and 47-year-old David McIntosh, a passenger. Both lived in Parker.

The plane crashed April 23 at Rocky Mountain Airpark, a housing development with two airstrips southeast of Denver. The airpark’s website says Vinton was one of the developers.

A preliminary report posted on the National Transportation Safety Board website last week said a cellphone video showed the plane’s short flight and its fall.

The cause hasn’t been released.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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