Pilot killed in plane crash near Trinidad

TRINIDAD, Colo. — A man was killed in a small plane crash near Trinidad Thursday afternoon.

The Las Animas County Sheriff’s Office said the crash happened around 1 p.m. about a mile from the Las Animas County Fairgrounds. The single-engine plane went down about 300 yards west of County Road 71.1.

Deputies said the pilot, a man in his 50s, was killed in the crash. No one else was in the plane. The victim has not been identified.

Investigators have not yet determined what caused the crash. A witness told Las Animas County deputies that the plane circled over his property several times before going down.

The FAA and the NTSB are investigating the crash, along with the Las Animas County Sheriff’s Office.

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