The airplane collided with mountainous terrain at about 1410 Mountain time. The private pilot and passenger sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was substantially damaged.
The pilot requested and received ATC flight following services at 1346; radar contact was established at 1348. Initial responders reported the airplane impacted terrain at an elevation of approximately 7700 feet msl. The debris field was approximately 75 feet in length.
At 1355, a weather observation about 18 nm west-southwest of the accident site reported calm winds, visibility of seven statute miles, few clouds at 2700 feet and an overcast at 3200 feet. An Airmet Sierra for mountain obscuration due to clouds and precipitation was current over the area of the accident.