Plane crash victim ID’d |

Plane crash victim ID’d

The Grand Junction pilot who died Monday evening when his plane crashed in an open park area on the Flat Tops was identified Wednesday as 49-year-old Gerald Wayne Elliott.

The cause of the crash is still unknown, but investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are scheduled to arrive in the area either today or Friday, depending on the weather at the crash scene, Garfield County Undersheriff Jim Sears said.

Elliott died instantly from massive multiple injuries, Garfield County deputy coroner Ron Richards said.

“He died on impact,” Richards said. “There was no fire, no explosion. He crashed into a large, open park area on Deep Creek rim.”

Garfield Search and Rescue crews recovered Elliott’s body Tuesday from the wreckage of a single-engine plane crash on the Flat Tops.

According to reports, Elliott was flying a single-engine Mooney from Kremmling to Grand Junction when the crash occurred.

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