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Plane crash kills 2 at Stony Pass
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Posted on July 21 2011, 12:34am by Mark Esper in Local News category
Two from Louisiana die as aircraft fails to clear 12,588-foot summit.
San Juan Search and Rescue member Jim Donovan, left, and Undersheriff
Kris Burns examine the plane wreckage. Also on the scene was search
and rescue member Don Curnow and Coroner Keri Metzler. Photo by Mark Esper
A plane crash near the summit of Stony Pass that killed two people on Thursday morning, July 14, is under investigation by federal authorities.
The plane wreckage was found by an ATV rider on Stony Pass Thursday morning, July 14. Officials figure it crashed at about 7:30 a.m. on Thursday.
San Juan County Coroner Keri Metzler identified the two victims as David Hollenshead, 62, of Blanchard, La., and Brenda Fore, 58, of Bossier City, La.
The FAA lists the airplane as belonging to Patricia Dale Edwards, wife of Hollenshead, of Shreveport, La.
 Fore was slated to appear in court in Louisiana on July 25 for arguments and hearings on charges of simple arson. She was arrested on March 7 for allegedly torching a cabin on the Hollensheads’ property, a farm where they keep exotic animals.
The plane wreckage was removed from Stony Pass on Saturday.
A family member told the Durango Herald that the Hollenshead family had been coming to southwest Colorado to vacation for some 35 years.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.
Officials theorize the plane was approaching Stony Pass from the Silverton side but did not gain enough altitude to clear the 12,588-foot summit. The pilot may have attempted to turn back but the plane stalled and crashed a couple hundred feet from the road over the pass, and about a quarter mile short of the summit.
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