Devastated site, single-engine plane broken down. The story about a couple in Central Florida in a cockpit, really heartbreaking.
Investigators say the couple did not seek help from the radio.
We got news of an East Telluride plane crashing into the mountains from a gentleman piloting a drone. “He has reported seeing a plane that has been shot down,” said Susan Lilly, a spokeswoman for the San Miguel Sheriff’s Colorado office.
Lilly says the call came at 2:18 pm
“They took one of the paramedics and our representatives to the scene of the accident, and it was decided that we are now on a mission to retrieve the bodies, because the two passengers died.”
Investigators identified the passengers as Lindsay Vogelaar, 33, and her new husband, Costas Sevillis, 30.
“They decided to elope in Telluride. So just four days after their wedding, Lily said.
Flight records show the couple departed from Telluride Airport at 12:45 p.m. MPs believe the plane crashed onto the side of the mountain after about 10-15 minutes.
“We think they were on their way back to Florida,” Lilly said.
According to friends, the couple loved flying. Lindsay worked as a commercial flight attendant, while Costas worked as a flight pilot.
“What we do know is that he was a pilot for United Airlines. He was also a trainer for pilots and was flying this privately owned plane that appears to be registered to him.”
An Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University spokesperson confirms that Costas Sevilles was an alumnus.
The Dean of the College of Aviation issued a statement saying: Our hearts are heavy. Yesterday, we tragically lost our dear friend, Embry Riddle Eagle, an Industry Advisory Board member and the amazing pilot Costas Sevillis. He was loved by everyone who knew him and will miss him greatly.
A friend told the couple with fewer flights due to the pandemic, these two had lost their presence in the air, so they bought their own jets so they could keep flying.