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Plane In Crash May Have Made Emergency Landing

DENVER (AP) — Investigators say a plane involved in a crash that killed three people in Colorado appears to have made an emergency landing days earlier because of a propeller issue.

A National Transportation Safety Board report issued last week quotes the daughter of one of the passengers as saying the pilot made the emergency landing because of a wiring problem in the propeller governor, which limits the speed of the propeller.

The single-engine plane crashed Aug. 4 in the mountains near Rollinsville, killing everyone aboard.

Authorities identified the victims as the 70-year-old pilot, John Howard of Sunnyvale, Calif., and his passengers, 56-year-old Catherine Heveran of Sunnyvale and 25-year-old James Chatham of Spokane, Wash.

The plane took off from Boulder en route to San Jose, Calif.

The NTSB has not determined the cause.

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