Dec 23, 2010 11:25 PM by Matt Stafford

Friends remember plane crash victims

Losing two friends in a plane crash Wednesday, around noon, at the Colorado Springs Airport hasn't really set in yet for some.

"Kind of feeling confused, not understanding why it happened," says Virginia Hornor, a friend from a local bible study group. "I think a lot of people right now are in shock."

2007 Air Force Academy graduate Anthony Riggan, and his wife from Monument, Nicole, were killed in the crash. They were flying from Rapid City, South Dakota to visit friends and family. Visibility was poor, with fog on Wednesday. The Federal Aviation Administration says Riggan had already aborted one landing attempt. On the second try they crashed.

"Really speechless, didn't know what to say," explains Bill Gandy, a college pastor of the Riggans when Anthony was at the Air Force Academy, talking about when he heard the news. Gandy also performed the Riggans' wedding ceremony just about a year ago.

"They really did love each other, and complimented one another," says Gandy.

They both left an impact on people in southern Colorado.

"Anthony was a tremendous leader," describes Gandy. "He was just naturally charismatic and people loved to be around him."

"Nicole was very genuine and very sweet," explains Hornor. "She was always such a great listener and also a very encouraging woman."

Remembering their friends isn't easy right now, but knowing the kind of people they were has given them comfort.

"Certainly a lot of grieving and a lot of broken heartedness, but there is hope in our grieving and that seems to be a pretty consistent theme as we share and talk with one another." Gandy says.

The National Transportation Safety Board sent in investigators Wednesday, but there's still no word on the cause of the crash.



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