An Arizona biotechnology entrepreneur and his 9-year-old son died Saturday when a small plane crashed in southern Colorado.
Jeff Morhet, 43, and Jackson Morhet, 9, both died when the small plane crashed about 5:30p.m. during an attempted landing near the Spanish Peaks Airfield north of Walsenburg, Colo., the Pueblo Chieftain reported.
The Morhets were the only passengers on the Nanchang CJ-6A aircraft when it crashed about a half-mile west of the airport, according to Federal Aviation Administration Spokesman Allen Kenitzer and Huerfano County, Colo., officials.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating details of the crash.
The aircraft took off from an airport in Grand Junction, Colo., and sought to land at the Spanish Peaks Airfield general aviation airport, possibly to refuel. The Morhets planned to fly from Colorado to the 2012 EAA AirVenture air show in Oshkosh, Wis., according to the Chieftain.
The annual air show, which will run through Sunday, has more than 10,000 aircraft anticipated for the event. About 2,500 aircraft are considered show planes that are judged in 11 different categories, according to event spokesman Dick Knapinski.
Knapinski said he did not know whether Morhet planned to enter his aircraft in the annual event, but he said the Nanchang CJ-6A is the type of aircraft that may qualify for the air show’s “Warbirds” category for military-style aircraft.
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