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Littleton pilot killed in New Mexico plane crash identified; passenger’s ID still pending

Posted at 1:17 PM, Oct 08, 2019

MORA COUNTY, NM — Authorities have identified a Colorado pilot killed in a New Mexico plane crash that also left a second person dead.

In a new release Tuesday, New Mexico officials identified the pilot as Nicholas Peterson, 29, of Littleton. Authorities are still investigating to identify the passenger, the release read.

The two bodies and plane wreckage were found September 30 in New Mexico's Pecos Wilderness in Mora County. Authorities had been searching since September 27 for the single-engine, four-seater plane that disappeared shortly after a refueling stop at Santa Fe Regional Airport the previous evening.

State Police said the crash site was in mountainous terrain with dense tree growth at an elevation of about 10,000 feet.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash.