Report says pilot warned before flight to Jackson

Aug 7, 2012

A new federal report says a flight instructor had warned a Minnesota man of the dangers of flying his single-engined airplane over the mountains of northwestern Wyoming just weeks before the 2010 crash that killed the pilot and his three sons.
 
     The National Transportation Safety Board on Monday published its report on the crash in Wyoming's Wind River Range that killed 41-year old Luke Bucklin of Minneapolis and his three young sons.
 
     The report says Bucklin told his flight instructor shortly before the accident that he intended to fly his single-engine, 1977 Mooney propeller plane to Jackson.
 
     The instructor told a federal investigator he advised Bucklin about the hazards of flying in the area, but that Bucklin responded he had done it before and knew the risks.