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2 Kansas men die in small plane crash in Colorado

GREELEY, Colo. — The two people who died onboard a small plane that crashed in a field in Weld County have been identified as leaders of a Kansas church.

The Greeley Tribune reports ( ) the pilot has been identified as 35-year-old Jared Langston of Holyrood, Kansas and the passenger as 41-year-old Benjamin Bates, of Lyons, Kansas. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene around noon Tuesday after their Beechcraft 35 Bonanza went down near Greeley.

Bates served as bishop of the Great Bend Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Langston was the Elders Quorum president and Young Men president, according to church officials.

A spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board says investigators are examining the wreckage.

The cause of the crash remains unknown.


Information from: The Tribune of Greeley, Co,