BOULDER, Colo — A mother and her two children from Louisiana, and a pilot were identified as the victims of a small plane crash in Boulder County last month.
The crash was reported around 9:40 a.m. on July 17 in the 11000 block of Lefthand Canyon Drive, between Gold Hill and Ward. The twin-engine Cessna P337 crashed in a heavily wooded area on the south side of the road, according to the Boulder County Sheriff's Office.
Boulder County Coroner's Office identified the victims as the following:
- Sandra Kirby, 48
- Ian Kirby, 17
- Amanda Kirby, 13
- Steven Chase, 32
The Kirbys were on vacation in Colorado, according to a letter from Port Allen High School in Louisiana. Ian was a senior at the high school, and Amanda was an 8th grader at Port Allen Middle School.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said all four passengers died when the plane crashed under unknown circumstances.
The crash sparked a fire that burned about a half acre in heavy timber before firefighters were able to get the flames under control. An evacuation order was issued for the surrounding area and lifted later that morning.
The plane was used by a tour company, Bluebird Aviation, which describes itself as offering "scenic air tours over Denver, Boulder and the mountains."
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