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Updated: Angel Fire Plane Crash Victim ID’d as San Angelo, Texas, Artist

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Taos News reported earlier this week that State Police had said the victim of a fatal single-engine plane crash near Angel Fire last Friday was from Taos, but news outlets in Texas are identifying the victim as 79-year-old Max Hulse, an artist and retired stock broker from San Angelo, Texas.

State Police still hadn’t provided a positive identification or details of the crash, The Taos News reported Wednesday.

But the San Angelo (Texas) Times reported last Saturday that New Mexico State Police had identified the victim as Hulse.

A snow and ice storm appeared to have caused the fixed wing single-engine aircraft to crash in a high mountain area just west of Angel Fire, State Police Maj. Pat Werick told the San Angelo newspaper.


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“Apparently he had dropped off somebody in Amarillo and was flying from Amarillo to Taos,” Werick told the News. “The crash site is on a steep slope … It appears it may be a few weeks before we can safely recover Max.”

A call to State Police about the crash came in mid- to late Friday afternoon, and a U.S. National Guard helicopter located the crash site, Werick told the paper.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration’s website, the downed aircraft was a Beechcraft Bonanza registered to 33 Yankee Inc. out of San Angelo, the Times reported.

John Fields, president and owner of Ranger Aviation in San Angelo, described Hulse, a retired stock broker and participant in the Texas city’s art community, as “a friend and a customer of ours … an outstanding human being,” the paper reported.

“I’d just describe him as a class act,” longtime friend Dr. David Herbert, a San Angelo physician, told the Times. “A friend to the world. He had no enemies. He had nothing but friends.”

Herbert, a co-owner of the downed aircraft, said Hulse had dropped him off in Amarillo before heading to a home and art studio in Taos, where he was also known in the art scene, according to the Times.

A memorial service was held Tuesday at Glen Meadows Baptist Church in San Angelo, according to the San Angelo Times.


8:26am 5/24/11 — State Police: Pilot Killed Near Angel Fire Friday Was From Taos

State Police told The Taos News on Monday that the pilot killed late Friday night when his single-engine plane crashed near Angel Fire was from Taos, but Lt. Eric Garcia said he could not release the pilot’s name until relatives had been notified.

Garcia said an emergency signal from the plane was picked up by the U.S. military, who passed the message on to State Police, The News said.

State Police dispatched a search and rescue helicopter to search the area between Angel Fire and Taos, and the downed plane was found on Taos Pueblo land, Garcia told the paper.

Because the helicopter could not land, ground teams were dispatched to recover the body and investigate evidence at the crash scene, Garcia said.