- Associated Press - Thursday, February 12, 2015

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) - Authorities have released the names of two people who were killed in a small plane crash in Weld County.

The county coroner’s office identified the victims Thursday as 79-year-old John “Jack” Burt, of Aurora, and 65-year-old Richard LaCourse, of Denver.

Stephanie Cooke, a spokeswoman for the Platte Valley Fire Protection District, says the plane crashed into a field near Kersey on Wednesday afternoon, sparking a small grass fire.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer says the aircraft is a Wheeler Express, which the Greeley Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1Atg7tn ) falls into the agency’s experimental category because it was amateur built. Such planes can be bought as a kit and assembled without the supervision and quality control of a production certificate holder.

The plane was registered to LaCourse.

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Information from: The Tribune of Greeley, Co, https://greeleytribune.com


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