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Air Crash Victims Recovered [AUDIO]

5.21 air crash site, Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office
5.21 air crash site, Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office

The bodies of two Colorado men who died in an airplane crash north of Rock Springs were recovered on Saturday afternoon. Overland all but impossible:

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According to a release from the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office, recovery teams on the ground bogged down in nearly impassable terrain, so it was a helicopter that flew in the equipment needed to recover the crash victims.

Pilot Gilmer Mickey, 55, of Englewood, and 55-year-old Bob Albert, of Fort Collins, left Pinedale the morning of May 18th, expected to fly to Fort Collins.

The crash site was located the following day in a remote area in northern Sweetwater County. Neither man survived the crash. The recovery effort was further complicated by the mud, with search and rescue vehicles getting stuck repeatedly, some vehicles having to be pulled free with heavy equipment.

A Sky Aviation helicopter piloted by Josh Hellyer was used to get responders from the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office, Coroner’s Office and Fire District to the scene, also flying in equipment needed to access the cockpit of the wreckage.

The bodies were recovered and the scene cleared at about 2:30 Saturday afternoon. The investigation into the crashed has been turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

5.21 air crash site, Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office
5.21 air crash site, Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office

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