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Georgia Couple Identified As Passengers In Bighorn Mountains Plane Crash

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By Leo Wolfson, Cowboy State Daily

A Georgia couple were victims of the plane crash in the Bighorn Mountains last Thursday, according to relatives of the deceased.

The cause of the crash is still unknown, but friends and family of Charles “Charly” Schell and Kelli Taylor Schell of Hartwell, Ga. have identified the two as being onboard the ill-fated private plane.

Friends say the couple were well known for owning and operating a golf club in Northeast Georgia.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday morning announced that there were no survivors in a plane crash which occurred Thursday in a remote section of the Bighorn National Forest.

Sheriff Rod Odenbach said a private airplane which was carrying two people departed at noon from the Powell Municipal Airport and was to arrive at the Johnson County Airport but never reached its destination.

Los Angeles resident Estevan Roth said he met and spoke with the couple before they took off from the airport. Roth, a self-described airplane enthusiast, provided Cowboy State Daily a grainy video of Schell’s plane which he took at the Powell Airport before takeoff.

Roth said he was at the airport as he was interested in purchasing a plane.



“They just seemed like a regular couple,” Roth told Cowboy State Daily.

Roth said he was shocked when he found out the news and surprised the plane went down, as Charles Schell was a former Army pilot who owned multiple planes.  

The Schells were flying in a Cessna P201N. Roth said these turbo prop planes are usually more reliable than a typical private airplane because of their ability to fly at a higher altitude. 

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed a Cessna P201N did go down near Buffalo on July 14 but has not released the names of those involved in the incident.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Office was notified of a fire near the Middle Fork of the Rock Creek in Bighorn National Forest and located wreckage from an airplane crash, which is believed to have started the fire.

Temporary flight restrictions have been placed in the airspace 15 nautical miles northwest of Buffalo to provide a safe environment for investigation into the accident, as well as search and rescue, according to the FAA’s flight restriction website. 

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No Survivors In Plane Crash In Remote Section Of Wyoming’s Bighorn National Forest

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UPDATE: Passengers have been identified.

By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday morning announced that there were no survivors in a plane crash which occurred Thursday in a remote section of the Bighorn National Forest.

Sheriff Rod Odenbach said a private airplane which was carrying two people departed Thursday at noon from the Powell Municipal Airport and was to arrive at the Johnson County Airport never reached its destination.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Office was notified of a fire near the Middle Fork of the Rock Creek in Bighorn National Forest and located wreckage from an airplane crash, which is believed to have started the fire.

“District resources have successfully hiked into the fire and their suppression efforts are being aided by a load of smokejumpers out of West Yellowstone and the Wyoming State Helicopter,” the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reported.

Agency personnel were able to reach the crash site, examined the wreckage, and said there were no survivors and the remains were “unidentifiable.”

A team as sent to investigate the crash and to retrieve the remains early Saturday morning, Sheriff Odenbach said.

“Because of the time, remote location, an active fire in that area, hazardous conditions and access to the area would most likely be on foot, it was decided that a team would be sent early the following morning,” he said.

Members of the sheriff’s office, Johnson County Search and Rescue and the U.S. Forest Service arrived at the crash site at 9:30am on Saturday and also reported there were no identifiable markings on the plane and there were no survivors.

The remains of the victims were transported from the crash site to the Johnson County Coroner’s Office for identification.

Calls to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service were not returned on Sunday.

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Security Cameras Capture Fatal Plane Crash In Cheyenne On Monday Morning

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By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily

One person was killed Monday morning when an airplane crashed into a storage unit in Cheyenne, igniting a fire, according to the Cheyenne Police Department.

The department said an investigation involving multiple agencies revealed the airplane’s lone occupant, its pilot, suffered fatal injuries in the accident.

A video from security cameras at a Cheyenne business showed the airplane spinning into the ground Monday morning.

Business owner Steve Sears told Cowboy State Daily that he didn’t see the aircraft hit the ground but thought to check his security cameras shortly thereafter. He said the footage captured the entire incident.

Screenshots provided by Sears to Cowboy State Daily show the plane shortly before impact.

“I was at home when it happened and thought to check [the security cameras] out of curiosity,” Sears told Cowboy State Daily.

“I thought I would check thinking that I would see smoke but much to my surprise, I saw the plane spinning almost straight down and impact,” he said.

Sears said he gave the video footage to the Cheyenne Police Department and the Federal Aviation Administration.



A police spokesperson said they Cheyenne Fire Department deployed six engines to battle the fire started by the crash and was able to contain the fire by 8:30am. 

Cheyenne Fire Rescue, Cheyenne Police Department, Wyoming Air National Guard Fire, American Medical Response, Cheyenne/Laramie County Emergency Management Agency, Laramie County Coroner, Laramie County Fire Authority are the partnering agencies assisting with the initial investigation.

The scene was still active Monday afternoon and had been turned over to the National Traffic Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration.

According to the Aviation Safety Network, the plane was in its initial climb when the pilot reported an engine failure shortly after takeoff.

The pilot told Air Traffic Control that he was going to try to land in a field. His last communication was, “I am on fire … please send rescue.”

A photo released by the department show the Cheyenne Fire Department on the scene extinguishing a blaze caused by the accident.

Security cam photo by Steve Sears

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Plane Crash in Cheyenne; Fire At Storage Facility

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1:35pm. This story has been updated. The pilot of the aircraft was killed in the accident.

The Cheyenne Police Department on Monday reported a downed airplane at a storage unit facility in the city.

Shortly after 9 a.m., the department said the plane, which was believed to be an experimental aircraft, went down at Cheyenne Storage, located at 616 Crook. Ave.

“It is believed that one person was onboard the aircraft at the time of the incident,” the department said without providing any information on the person’s status.

A photo released by the department show the Cheyenne Fire Department on the scene extinguishing a blaze caused by the accident.

Nationway is closed traveling East and police ask the public to avoid the area.

Pilot Bails Out With Parachute To Survive Plane Crash In Star Valley

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Story and Photos by Don Dockstader, Star Valley Independent

A single-engine plane crash in Grover Monday afternoon left a pilot with minor injuries after he bailed out of the failed aircraft while still in flight, using a parachute to safely land.

Lincoln County Sheriff Shane Johnson said the plane went down in a field near County Road 130 in the Grover area and the pilot sustained minor back injuries after he landed with the aid of parachute.

The incident has been turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration for review.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Star Valley EMS and Afton Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene.

The fire department applied water to the crash site as a precaution, while several fire fighters combed the fields to find the downed pilot.

Additional information is expected following the FAA review.

Original Story

Multiple calls came into the Lincoln County Dispatch Office at approximately 1:30 p.m. Monday August 10, reporting a plane crash in the Grover area.

According to initial reports, the pilot parachuted out of the plane prior to impact.

Multiple agencies responded to the call including the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, the Star Valley EMS, the Afton Volunteer Fire Department and the Wyoming Highway Patrol.

More information on this story will be added here as it becomes available.

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Plane Crashes in Star Valley

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Story and Photos by Don Dockstader, Star Valley Independent

Multiple calls came into the Lincoln County Dispatch Office at approximately 1:30 p.m. Monday August 10, reporting a plane crash in the Grover area.

According to initial reports, the pilot parachuted out of the plane prior to impact.

Multiple agencies responded to the call including the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, the Star Valley EMS, the Afton Volunteer Fire Department and the Wyoming Highway Patrol.

UPDATE: Pilot jumped out of plane with parachute before plane crashed.

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