Three die in plane crash

Jul 272004
Authors: Jesse McLain

Three Larimer County businessmen were killed last Friday in a

twin-engine plane crash that took off from Fort Collins/ Loveland

Airport around noon.

The plane, piloted by Leo J. Schuster, of Loveland, crashed into

the English Ranch subdivision in southeast Fort Collins shortly

after take-off.

Schuster, 50, was accompanied by two Fort Collins residents,

Scott Nelson, 38, and Bill Neal, 58.

The three men were on their way to the Des Moines Register’s

Great Annual Bike Ride Across Iowa. A fourth friend, Mark Haenny of

Loveland decided to drive to the race instead of fly.

Investigators are still attempting to discover the cause of the

crash. According to the FAA, Schuster had a spotless flying record.

The plane has been involved in four prior accidents since it was

built in 1986 resulting in no injuries and only minor damage to the


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