Nov 23, 2011 5:13 PM by AP Posted by James H Egbert

April Colorado plane crash blamed on pilot error

DENVER (AP) - Aviation investigators say pilot error probably caused a small-plane crash that killed two people in Colorado in April.

Separately, investigators say they couldn't find the cause of another small-plane crash in Colorado in December, which also killed two.

A National Transportation Safety Report dated Wednesday says the pilot in the April crash attempted an unsafe maneuver in gusty winds near Parker. Witnesses said the plane climbed steeply to 150 or 200 feet, leveled off and spun to the ground.

Authorities identified the pilot as 49-year-old Pete Vinton and the passenger as 47-year-old David McIntosh, both of Parker.

The other plane crashed while approaching the Eagle County Airport. Investigators found no mechanical problems.

The pilot was 67-year-old Barton Harris of Brownwood, Texas. The passenger was 73-year-old Jerry Hoggatt of Pelham, Ala.

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