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Weld County Land Owner In Disbelief After Fatal Plane Crash

KERSEY, Colo. (CBS4) - The Weld County couple who owns the field where an experimental plane crashed on Wednesday afternoon said they were shocked when the plane flew over their house and then went down.

Two people whose names have not been released were killed when the three-seater plane from Aurora crashed on the Connell's property in a rural area south of Kersey near the intersection of Weld County Roads 50 and 53.

"I heard something that sounded like a car vehicle door opening and shutting, and the next thing I know we're hearing sirens," said Alison Connell, whose home is also on the property.

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Copter4 captured the aftermath of the crash on video. The ground was charred and there was a debris scattered across hundreds of feet. The plane's tail was still intact.

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"We arrived on scene to a small grass fire and debris everywhere, and it was confirmed two were dead," Platte Valley Fire spokeswoman Stephanie Cooke said.

"It was a very violent crash," Larry Connell said. "It's almost like shock and disbelief."

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Investigators with the FAA and the NTSB studied the crash scene on Wednesday and were set to return there on Thursday.

Larry Connell said their thoughts and prayers are with the victims' families.

"They were probably just out for an enjoyable afternoon and this is how it ends," he said.


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