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Pilot killed in small plane crash in western Colorado

The single-engine biplane crashed in a remote, rugged area about 10 miles northeast of Delta. Coroner's office has identified the pilot.
Credit: Delta County Sheriff's Office
A pilot was killed in a small plane crash in Delta County, Colorado on September 17, 2021.

DELTA, Colo. — A pilot was killed when a single-engine biplane crashed in western Colorado Friday morning, according to the Delta County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said around 8 a.m., they got a call about a possible plane crash. The caller had last seen the plane near Doctor Mesa, which is in a remote, rugged area about 10 miles northeast of Delta.

Deputies and firefighters went to the area and found the wreckage of a single-engine red Boeing A75 biplane. The plane had substantial damage and was resting on the side of a steep embankment. 

The pilot and sole occupant of the plane died on the scene, according to the sheriff's office. The pilot was identified by the Delta County coroner's office as 55-year-old Timothy Friendshuh. 

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are investigating the cause of the crash. 

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