Sheriff: Colorado Springs couple rescued in Garfield Co. plane crash

Published: Jan. 7, 2017 at 1:48 PM MST
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The Garfield County and Rio Blacno County sheriff's offices were investigating a plane crash Saturday afternoon.

Around 10:24 a.m., the Federal Aviation Administration contacted the Rio Blanco County Sheriff's Office, saying a plane crashed 32 miles east of Meeker.

Around 12:15 p.m., the Garfield County Sheriff's was contacted to assist with the crash.

"Initial report had two parties in the plane alive and talking with other aircraft in the area," the Garfield County officials said in a press release.

We spoke to a pilot who says he helped locate the downed plane.

Randy Coursolle says he was flying from Las Vegas towards Eagle when he heard about the situation over Air Traffic Control.

Coursolle says he offered to help locate the aircraft.

"I made a very low pass to see if I could see any people. I wanted them to know they had been found," he explained. "And after I made that low pass, I climbed to an altitude I could talk to air traffic control again

and gave them exact position."

By 1:50 p.m., officials said a helicopter picked up the people, and no one else was on board.

"The Colorado National Guard Joint Operations Center was also contacted and a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter was also requested," according to authorities. " St. Mary’s Care flight and Classic Air Medical were able to land and extract the pilot and one other party that was not injured in the crash."

Authorities identified the occupants as a pilot and his wife, of Colorado Springs.

Officials said ground teams were not used because of the area's terrain.

Authorities did not say what caused the plane go down.

The couple was flown to Meeker.

Check back later as more details become available.