Two killed in plane crash near Jackson airport

Sep 12, 2013 The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- A plane crash in Wyoming on Wednesday killed two people about half a mile from the only commercial airport located inside a national park.

The two on board the small, single-engine plane were dead when emergency responders arrived just after noon, Grand Teton National Park officials said. The victims were identified as Russell Kamtz, 67, and Carol Kamtz, 65, of Loveland, Colo. They are survived by their two children.

A witness told the Jackson Hole News & Guide the plane was approaching Jackson Hole Airport from the south when it banked and nose-dived into the ground.

Park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs said she couldn't confirm whether the plane was approaching or leaving the airport 8 miles north of Jackson.

"That will come out as we get more information from the investigation," she said.

Park officials said the plane was an RV-7, a two-seat, single-engine aircraft that is home-built and classified as experimental. Aurora, Ore.-based Van's Aircraft manufactures the plane kit.

Skaggs said the weather was clear at the time of the crash.

"Our rangers, of course, have begun to look things over and document the scene and secure the scene," she said.

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