- Associated Press - Monday, December 5, 2016

DENVER (AP) - Federal investigators say a partial loss of engine power led to a fatal plane crash near Buena Vista.

The National Transportation Safety Board found that 63-year-old Jay Jones, of Buena Vista, lost control of his amateur-built Seawind airplane during a forced landing July 4. The Denver Post reports (https://goo.gl/F0y9TY ) the reason for the power loss couldn’t be determined because of a serious fire that broke out after the crash.

Jones was the only person in the plane when he crashed in a field about 4 miles from the Buena Vista airport. Witnesses reported hearing the aircraft’s engine sputter before the plane went down.

Jones had departed from the Lake County Airport in Leadville and was heard making a mayday call over his radio before going down. He didn’t elaborate on the nature of the emergency.

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Information from: The Denver Post, https://www.denverpost.com

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