Wyoming couple battling severe injuries following plane crash on Grand Mesa
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Two passengers were transported to the hospital on Sunday after a plane crashed on top of the Grand Mesa. It went down just off of Highway 65 near Ward Creek Reservoir and started a small brush fire that was quickly extinguished by onlookers that were near the crash site.
Around 11:54 a.m, the Delta County 911 Communications Center began receiving calls from witnesses about a plane going down and saying that it sounded like the plane was experiencing engine troubles. A short time later, witnesses heard what sounded like a plane had crashed.
The Delta County Sheriff’s Office and Cedaredge Fire Department responded and found the plane completely engulfed in flames. They quickly shut down Highway 65 that runs along the top of the mesa. Careflight flew the female passenger to St. Mary’s Hospital and the male pilot was transported to the same hospital in an ambulance. The pilot has been identified as Tyler Beyer, 35, and the passenger was his wife, Jessica Beyer, 33, both of Bar Nunn, Wyoming.
The couple sustained serious injuries, including broken bones and severe burns. Due to the severity of their injuries, the couple was flown to a Denver area hospital on Sunday night according to a Go Fund Me Page that has been set up on the couple’s behalf. The page says that Tyler and Jessica were headed home from Grand Junction after visiting family and celebrating their niece’s first birthday when the plane lost power, which forced Tyler to make a crash landing. The Go Fund Me account can be viewed here.
Both the Go Fund Me page along with the Delta County Sheriff thanked the numerous strangers that stopped and helped the couple escape the wreckage.
I would like to express my gratitude to all the witnesses who arrived shortly after the crash and helped to remove Jessica and Tyler from the crash, possibly saving both their lives. Due to HIPAA, we do not have any additional updates on the condition of the Beyers but we all wish them a speedy recovery.
On Monday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is expected to be at the scene of the crash and will be investigating the incident.
We will continue to monitor this story.
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