Pilot lost engine before fatal Steamboat Springs crash

The 67-year-old pilot who died when his plane crashed in Steamboat Springs last month was attempting to make an emergency landing after one of the plane’s engines failed, according to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board.

Pilot Dan Dunn and his passenger, Jessica Melton, 42, were killed in the June 17 crash when the Cessna 421 spiraled into the ground just short of the Steamboat Springs runway and caught fire.

The plane crashed into a mobile home park, and the fire it sparked engulfed two homes and several outbuildings, officials have said. No one on the ground was hurt.

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