Two people died when a small plane crashed Friday morning in Archuleta County, according to a statement from the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Department.
It went down around 11:30 a.m. near U.S. Highway 84 south of Pagosa Springs.
“We received the report almost immediately,” said Undersheriff Tonya M. Hamilton.
The two people in the plane were preparing for an airplane race by flying the course, she said.
She did not know the make and model of the airplane.
The Archuleta County Sheriff’s Department, Pagosa Fire Protection District, emergency services and the Archuleta County coroner all responded to the crash scene, and sheriff’s deputies performed an initial investigation, the statement said.
The National Transportation Safety Board was to take over the investigation Friday evening, Hamilton said.
Both people in the plane were from out of state. Their names have not been released, she said.