Ex-Vailite survives plane crash | VailDaily.com

Ex-Vailite survives plane crash

Veronica Whitney

VAIL – A former Vail resident is in serious condition after a plane crash in Wisconsin last week.Buz Oyster, 48, was in a small single-engine plane when it crashed while landing at a Wisconsin airport on Sept. 9, said Katie Gaylord, a friend and Edwards resident who was contacted by Wisconsin authorities.Oyster, who moved to Duluth, Minn., last November after living for 16 years in Vail, sustained head injuries and is being treated at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, Wisc., Gaylord said.”He’s been moved from critical list to serious,” Gaylord said. “They are waiting for the swelling of the head injury to go down.”Oyster, who left Vail to pursue a job as a pilot in Duluth, was training another pilot when the plane crashed. The other man, who was at the command of the plane, died, Gaylord said. The Federal Aviation Administration still is investigating the accident. “He was a co-pilot training the new owner of the plane he was in,” Gaylord said. “We don’t know what happened and he can’t speak yet.”Oyster was well known in the Vail Valley because he was in the ski industry. He worked as a ski and snowboard representative for Rossignol. He got his commercial pilot license three years ago in Arizona.”I just wanted Buz to know that everyone in Vail is thinking about him and sending their best thoughts,” Gaylord said. “He is an absolute kind and gentle human being with lots of friends.”In the winter you could find him in the back bowls skiing powder and having a great time,” she added. For more information on Buz Oyster, call Katie Gaylord at (970) 376-0295.Staff writer Veronica Whitney can be reached at (970) 949-0555, ext. 454, or vwhitney@vaildaily.com.Vail Colorado

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