Airport craft pile-up plant ID’d as Delta County man

June 7, 2015 - table lamp

GYPSUM — A Delta County male died Friday afternoon when his single-engine initial craft crashed into a front of a hangar during a Eagle County Regional Airport.

Karl Hipp, 68, of Crawford, was conspicuous passed during a scene, pronounced Kara Bettis, Eagle County coroner.

Another person, a female, was harmed and taken by ambulance to a Vail Valley Medical Center.

Hipp and a lady were a usually dual in a Rebel aircraft.

Hipp owned Balzout Aviation and operated out of an airfield in Delta County. On his LinkedIn page, he lists his function as “airport bum.”

The FAA lists him as a blurb commander approved to fly multi-engine aircraft.

He also owned and operated Karl Hipp Designs Rustic Lamps and made country wrought iron list lamps, building lamps, rawhide flare shades, fake iron lamps, wall sconces and chandeliers.

Hipp is listed as a clamp boss with Comanche Flyer Foundation Inc. in Indiana.


Why he was drifting to a Eagle County airfield and what caused a pile-up stays underneath review by a Federal Aviation Administration and a National Transportation Safety Board.

The craft overwhelmed down on a runway in gusting winds during about 4:50 p.m. Friday.

Witnesses pronounced after a craft overwhelmed down, it competence have held a breeze of wind. It went into a atmosphere again, banked tough to a left and veered about 1,000 feet south of a runway, witnesses said.

It did not transparent a Vail Valley Jet Center’s hangar No. 4 and strike only above a front doors, punching a vast hole in a outward wall.

There was no one in a hangar during a time of a crash, witnesses said.

Witnesses pronounced they could hear a plane’s engine onslaught and stall, afterwards stop totally when it hit.

Airport glow fighters and puncture crew were on a stage in moments.

The runway during Eagle County Regional Airport has given reopened.

Eagle County Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting, Eagle County Paramedic Services, Eagle County Sheriff and Gypsum Fire District responded.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached during 970-748-2935 and

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