One dead, one hurt in plane crash at Eagle County airport |

One dead, one hurt in plane crash at Eagle County airport

Emergency personnel investigate the aftermath of a crash involving a small aircraft Friday at the Eagle County Regional Airport in Gypsum.
Justin McCarty | Special to the Daily |

A small experimental plane crashed into the front of a hangar at the Eagle County airport Friday afternoon, killing one person and injuring another.

The plane, a Rebel experimental aircraft, was piloted by 68-year-old Karl Hipp of Crawford, Colo. Hipp was headed east when he touched down on the runway at about 4:50 p.m. Friday, witnesses said.

Witnesses said after the plane touched down, it went into the air again and veered to its right about 1,000 feet south of the runway, where it crashed into the front of the Vail Valley Jet Center’s hangar No. 4, just above the massive front doors.

Witnesses said they could hear the plane’s engine struggle and stall, then stop completely when it hit.

The plane punched a large hole in the front of the hangar and fell straight down in front of the door.

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Airport firefighters and emergency personnel were on the scene in moments, pulling the survivor from the wreckage and sending that person by ambulance to the Vail Valley Medical Center.

There were only two people in the plane, authorities said.

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration conducted the investigation of the crash. Eagle County Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting, Eagle County Paramedic Services, Eagle County Sheriff and Gypsum Fire District responded.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or

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