Hillsborough residents Bruce Dalton and Steven Huber were on their way to an air show in Reno, Nev., when Dalton’s plane crashed in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Colorado.
Dalton, 69, and Huber, 57, were both killed in the Sept. 13 crash.
Alex Lemishko, senior air safety investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, said satellites picked up an emergency transmitter locator signal, indicating a crash shortly after the plane refueled at Pueblo Memorial Airport.
“We’re thinking the weather may have played a large part. However, at this point, that’s just speculation,” said Huerfano County Sheriff Bruce Newman.
The transportation safety board will begin investigating the wreckage today.
Both Dalton and Huber were licensed pilots.
Dalton, who started flying when he was 16, graduated from UNC-CH’s School of Medicine. He was a retired Army colonel and pediatrician.
Audrey Dalton Reichardt said her father was the kind of person who loved to try new things.
“He loved flying, riding horses, travelling, skiing,” Reichardt said. “He was a really, really active retired man.”