Pilot dead after small plane crashes in Adams County

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ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. -- One person was killed Sunday afternoon after a single-engine plane crashed in Adams County.

The crash happened near Watkins Road and 160th Avenue about 12:45 p.m., northeast of Denver International Airport, the Adams County Sheriff’s Office said.

The pilot was identified as Wade Howard Tefft, 41, of Brighton. He was the only person on board the plane and was described as an experienced pilot.

He was a pilot for Mountain Aviation Private Jet Charter, his Facebook page read.

Numerous 911 calls were taken from residents in the area reporting the plane was having engine trouble.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.