Wednesday, January 1, 2003
Steamboat Springs Two men injured in a plane crash near Rabbit Ears Pass Sunday are still being treated at Yampa Valley Medical Center.
Steve Palmer, 22, and Lloyd "Skip" Moreau, 53, have not yet been released from the hospital.
Palmer, of Colorado Springs, suffered strains to his feet, neck, left knee, elbow and wrist, as well as a chest wall contusion.
He was listed in stable and good condition.
Moreau, of Canon City, sustained a bruised lung, concussion and broken arm.
He was listed in stable and fair condition.
Neil "Tony" Marsh, a third passenger on the Piper Cherokee Saratoga, was released from the hospital Sunday night.
Marsh, 42, is from Colorado Springs.
Palmer's mother, Henrietta Palmer, 57, did not survive the crash. She was trapped inside the plane for nearly eight hours until rescue workers freed her.
Henrietta Palmer, a secretary, was engaged to be married to Moreau and has a son and daughter-in-law who live in Oak Creek. Services have not been announced.
Moreau was the pilot of the plane, which was traveling from the Steamboat Springs Airport to the Canon City Airport. The plane went down at around 1 p.m. Sunday in the Harrison Creek drainage due south of Walton Peak in the Routt National Forest.
The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash.
During an interview Tuesday, the surviving passengers would not discuss what happened on the flight other than to say Moreau is a veteran pilot with more than 3,500 hours of flight time. He has flown out of the Steamboat Springs Airport numerous times he said.
In a 911 call made shortly after the plane crashed, Steve Palmer indicated the plane did not gain altitude quickly enough to clear the mountains. The plane crashed at about 10,000 feet of elevation.