One dead in plane crash at Great Sand Dunes National Preserve

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A small airplane crashed Saturday in the Great Sand Dunes National Preserve in southern Colorado, killing one of three people on board. (Credit: NewsBreaker via Twitter)

A small airplane crashed Saturday in the Great Sand Dunes National Preserve in southern Colorado, killing one of three people on board. (Credit: NewsBreaker via Twitter)

DENVER — A small airplane crashed Saturday in the Great Sand Dunes National Preserve in southern Colorado, killing one of three people on board.

The crash happened about 11 a.m., the National Park Service reported. Two people were transported to the hospital, but a third died at the scene. An investigation is under way, the NPS said.

The dead man was identified Sunday as Richard Cutter of Monte Vista.

The Medano Pass Primitive Road is closed until the investigation is completed. All other areas of the national park and preserve remain open.

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