Coroner IDs three people killed in plane crash over Niwot

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to correct a name that was initially misspelled by the coroner’s office.

The Boulder County Coroner’s Office has identified the three people who died after two planes collided in midair over the weekend.

The three victims have been identified as Daniel Wilmoth, 22; Samuel Fisher, 23; and Henry Butler, 69.

Mountain View Fire Rescue responded to reports of a plane crash about 9 a.m. Saturday in the area of North 95th Street and Niwot Road. Upon arriving, first responders found two crash sites.

The first aircraft, a Cessna 172, was found on the south side of Niwot Road about a mile east of 95th Street. The two occupants, a flight instructor and a student pilot, were dead on arrival.

The second aircraft, a Sonex Xenos, was found on the north side of Niwot Road about a half-mile east of 95th Street. The plane held one occupant who was also found dead at the scene.

The coroner’s office did not specify which victims were in which planes.

According to flight tracking data, the Cessna 172 left Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Broomfield about 8:43 a.m. and flew north on a training flight. The Sonex Xenos left Platte Valley Airpark in Hudson about 8:38 a.m. and flew west, officials said.

Both aircraft were about 7,000 feet above sea level when the Cessna 172 made a right turn, and the flight paths of the two planes merged.

Neither aircraft was in contact with an air traffic control, and neither craft was equipped with a collision avoidance system

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