By Audra Streetman

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Two people were killed in a plane crash on Thursday afternoon near the Telluride Regional Airport. The single-engine Vans RV-4 airplane crashed about a half-mile east of the airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

(credit: CBS)

Investigators said the aircraft was preparing to land at the airport when it crashed. The two people who died were the only occupants onboard.

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The San Miguel County Coroner identified the pilot as Bryan L. Kill. The name of the passenger has not been released.

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Members of the San Miguel Sheriff’s Office, San Miguel Search and Rescue, Telluride Fire Department/EMS, and the San Miguel County Coroner worked to recover the victims.

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The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash.

Audra Streetman