1 Dead In Plane Crash In Southern Colorado

ALAMOSA, Colo. (AP) — One person died in a twin-engine plane crash 2 miles south of Alamosa.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the Cessna 337 crashed and burned on a highway south of San Luis Valley Regional Airport around 4:30 p.m. Thursday. The plane had just left the airport.

The pilot is believed to be the only person on board.

Authorities haven’t identified the pilot but Alamosa County Sheriff Dave Stong said Friday that the plane was associated with a Canadian ministry, the Lutheran Association of Missionaries and Pilots.

A ministry blog said one of its members, the Rev. Steve Dreher, died in the crash. The executive director of the Edmonton-based group, Ron Ludke, declined further comment.

FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.

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