Man killed in Loveland small airplane crash identified

LOVELAND, Colo. — A man who was killed in a small airplane crash near a Loveland airport has been identified.

The Coloradan reported Monday that 69-year-old Thomas Lawson of Golden was killed in the May 15 accident near the Northern Colorado Regional Airport in Loveland.

The Larimer County Coroner’s Office says the cause of death was blunt force and thermal injuries.

Officials say the crash occurred just after 1 p.m. about a half-mile from the airport 15 miles south of Fort Collins.

The airport manager says the plane was traveling from the Broomfield-Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport about 45 miles away.

The pilot reported smoke in the cockpit and an engine on fire.

Witnesses say they saw the plane catch fire and spin or flip before crashing.

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