Coroner Rules Pilot In Fatal Plane Crash Died From Internal Injuries

Grand Junction-The investigation of a weekend fatal plane crash in Grand Junciton is in the beginning stages and a cause of the accident may not be known for several months. David Bowling with the National Transportation Safety Board says investigators spent Sunday documenting every aspect of the crash site.

The ill–fated airplane was also removed from the site and will be taken to a hanger in Greeley, where N.T.S.B. technicians will try to re–create the aircraft's last 72 hours using both the data collected at the scene and the plane's documented mechanical history.

Bowling adds it's too early to make any predictions on what may have happened, but weather conditions have been ruled out. The Mesa County Coroner has also confirmed that the pilot, Richard Kellar, 58, died of severe internal injuries and was killed instantly when the plane crashed.

A toxicology analysis is also being done to determine whether drugs, alcohol, or a pre existing medical condition contributed to the crash, but investigators say it is unlikely.

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