Preliminary Accident Reports

August 2001 Issue

May 11, Gunnison, Colo. / Beech Duchess

At approximately 19:40 mountain time, a Beech 76 struck power lines and crashed into Blue Mesa Reservoir approximately 17 miles west of Gunnison. The two occupants, both flight instructors, were killed. Witnesses said the airplane was burning after it struck the power lines and a fire continued on the surface of the water for about five minutes. The airplane sank in 130 to 150 feet of water....

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