Published on : Saturday, July 5, 2014
Two people were killed after a vintage World War II fighter plane crashed at La-Plata County Airport in Durango, Colorado, shortly after taking off. Sources confirmed the victims were John Earley, the plane’s owner, and his flying instructor, Michael Schlarb. Both men were in their 50s.
According to reports, the accident involved a P-51 Mustang aircraft that belonged to Earley, a local resident and CEO of Saddle Butte Pipeline LLC in Durango. The plane was “catastrophically destroyed upon impact on the ground” said Dan Bender, spokesman for the La Plata County Sheriff’s Department.
Reports suggest, after taking off from Durango La-Plata County Airport, but lost control soon after. Officials are investigating the actual reason that caused the crash.