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Positive identification made of plane crash victims

Contact: Kris Friel, Director of Communications, 970-376-4636 or

December 22, 2010 – Eagle County Coroner Kara Bettis has confirmed the identities of two men who died following a plane crash on Dec. 15 as Barton Harris, 67, of Brownwood, Texas and Jerry Hoggatt, 73, of Pelham, Ala.

Harris’ Beech 60 Duke aircraft lost radar contact while on final approach into Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE) at approximately 4:30 p.m. last Wednesday. The wreckage was spotted by a National Guard helicopter early Thursday morning, following overnight search and rescue efforts.

The crash site is located about 3.5 miles north of Edwards at an elevation of about 10,800 feet. An investigation and determination as to cause of the crash now fall to the National Transportation Safety Board.

Agencies assisting during the incident include Eagle County Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting, Eagle County Ambulance District, Eagle County Coroner’s Office, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Eagle River Fire Protection District, High-Altitude Army National Guard Training Site, Garfield Search and Rescue, Greater Eagle Fire Protection District, Salvation Army – Emergency Cantina, Summit County Search and Rescue, Vail Mountain Rescue, Vail Police Department and Western Eagle County Search and Rescue.