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Small plane crashes near Telluride, killing newlyweds from Florida

The two people killed were identified as Costas John Sivyllis, 30, and Lindsey Vogelaar, 33. Sivyllis was a pilot for United Airlines and Veglaar also worked in the airline industry.

A single-engine Beechcraft that crashed near Telluride on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, killing both people aboard. (Provided by the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office)

A small plane crashed Monday afternoon near the mountain town of Telluride, killing both people aboard.

Authorities say the two people killed were a couple from Port Orange, Florida, who “had eloped to Telluride for a small wedding and adventure-filled honeymoon that they were documenting online for friends and families to follow.”

They were identified as Costas John Sivyllis, 30, and Lindsey Vogelaar, 33. Sivyllis was a pilot for United Airlines and Vogelaar also worked in the airline industry.

Sivyllis and Vogelaar were married for just four days.



The Federal Aviation Administration says the plane was a single-engine Beech S35 Bonanza. It crashed about 1 p.m.

“The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate,” said Allen Kenitzer, a spokesman for the FAA. “The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and will determine the probable cause of the accident.”

Search and rescue teams gather to respond to a plane crash near Telluride on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. (Provided by the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office)

The San Miguel Sheriff’s Office said the crash happened in the area of Black Bear Pass, a treacherous, backcountry route between Telluride and the Million Dollar Highway.

The sheriff’s office says the plane departed Telluride’s airport shortly before the crash.

“The newlyweds were heading back to Florida with a possible stop in Oklahoma to refuel. They were the only two on the aircraft,” the office said in a tweet.

Updated at 10:36 a.m. on Oct. 5, 2020: This story has been updated to include more information about the crash, including the identities of the two people killed.


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