Family members and friends of four southern Alberta men missing during a small aircraft flight are hoping for the best as searchers scour Colorado and New Mexico for them. Two other men have been identified in the media as Tim Mueller and Ron Mckenzie from Warner.
The single-engine plane, a Piper Lance, had been flying from Grand Junction, Colo., to Albuquerque, N.M., according to FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford.
With a heavy heart I must announce that the plane has been located with no survivors. "In the future I will talk about how great the four people that we lost were to everyone that knew them, but for now we are going to grieve", Kaupp Family Farms said in a post on their Facebook Page. "There's still good in the world".
Jon Kaupp reportedly told The Daily Sentinel on Friday that the plane was grounded Thursday in Grand Junction by snowy weather. On Friday, search-and-rescue crews detected a signal from an emergency transmitter near the state line between Colorado and Utah. About 4:00 I phoned him to see how they were doing, if they landed.
The family became anxious when calls and texts went unanswered and they contacted authorities.
"The weather looked good, just a few clouds, that was it - we had no concerns", said Metzger.
"We are heartbroken", she said.
A New Mexico rancher who'd seen the family's plight on Facebook okayed the use of his two small aircraft to join in the search, said the woman.
The San Juan County Sheriff's Office, the Civil Air Patrol and agencies in Colorado set out to locate the missing aircraft.