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Family killed in plane crash in Colorado encountered adverse conditions

DENVER - Federal investigators say a pilot who crashed his small plane in western Colorado - killing himself, his wife and their two young children - encountered conditions he was not qualified to fly in.
The National Transportation Safety Board says 47-year-old Jeff Makepeace and his family were flying through conditions that included gusty winds and low visibility when their single-engine propeller plane crashed in mountainous terrain near Glenwood Springs the night of Sept. 15.

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Those conditions require pilots to fly primarily by referencing the plane's instruments.

The Denver Post reports Makepeace and his 45-year-old wife, Jennifer, were killed, as were their 10-year-old twins, Addison and Benjamin.
The Fort Collins family was flying from a northern Colorado airport to Moab, Utah.
Information from: The Denver Post,

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