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Passenger: Plane Seemed To Stall Before Crash

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An image from the crash (credit: Steamboat Pilot)

An image from the crash (credit: Steamboat Pilot)

DENVER (AP) — A passenger has told investigators a small plane that crashed in northern Colorado, killing two people from Texas, seemed to stall and then fall straight to the ground.

The twin-engine Cessna 414A crashed Feb. 19 while attempting to land in a snowstorm in Hayden, Colo.

hayden plane crash map Passenger: Plane Seemed To Stall Before Crash

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A National Transportation Safety Board report dated Monday says Scott Humpal of Corpus Christi, Texas, told investigators about the seconds before the crash. The report is preliminary and doesn’t list the cause.

The crash killed Humpal’s wife, 44-year-old Gaby Humpal. Also killed was the pilot, 75-year-old Hans Vandervlugt of Refugio, Texas.

Scott Humpal and the couple’s three children were injured. Ten-year-old Sara is in fair condition at a Denver-area hospital. Humpal and two sons were treated at a Steamboat Springs hospital and released.

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