Pilot From Plane Crash in Fort Collins Identified

Last week, a twin-engine aircraft crashed near the Northern Colorado Regional Airport claiming the life of the pilot. The Coloradoan has reported that the pilot of that plane was Thomas Lawson, 69, of Golden.

At around 1pm last Wednesday, Lawson reported smoke in the cockpit of the Beech "Duke" 60 aircraft and that one of the engines was on fire, according to emergency radio transmissions. Witnesses told the Coloradoan that they saw the aircraft on fire before striking the ground near County Road 30, not far from the Larimer Humane Society. The Larimer County Coroner's Office said the cause of death was blunt force and thermal injuries.

The Coloradoan says that investigators are focusing their investigation on the right engine.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Thomas Lawson.