Two killed in Mesa County gyroplane crash identifed

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A Celier Xenon 2, similar to the craft believed to have crashed. (Credit: Jakub Hałun via Wikipedia)

LOMA, Colo. — Two people were killed Saturday night in an aircraft crash in western Colorado, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office reported.

The aircraft, believed to be a Xenon gyroplane, crashed into the Colorado River near Highway 6 shortly after 6 p.m., the sheriff’s office reported. The circumstances were under investigation.

The victims were identified as 61-year-old Mark Shook of Peyton, Colo., and 50-year-old Rebecca Jane Molle of Grand Junction.

Shook died of injuries and Molle drowned following the crash, the Mesa County Coroner’s Office reported. The crash is so far being investigated as an accident.

A gyroplane is a light rotorcraft similar to a small helicopter.