Hikers find wreckage from plane missing since April on Mosquito Pass; pilot’s body identified

BOULDER, Colo. — Officials say hikers in central Colorado spotted the wreckage of a plane that went missing after it left Erie for a destination in Utah in April.

Park County Undersheriff Dave Wohlers says the body of the plane’s pilot, 67-year-old Quentin Aschoff, was found in the wreckage on Mosquito Pass northeast of Leadville.

The Park County Coroner’s Office said Monday that it was able to confirm the Bend, Oregon man’s identity using his fingerprints.

The plane took off from Erie Municipal Airport on April 2 and was scheduled to arrive in Richfield, Utah later that day.

Officials said Aschoff diverted from the planned route. The last radar contact with the plane was near Grant, about 10 miles west of Bailey.

Wohlers says the Federal Aviation Administration is working to determine the cause of the crash.