CRESTONE, Colo. -- A Philadelphia organist and his wife, returning from a concert in Los Angeles, died in a plane crash in the rugged southwestern Colorado mountains, authorities said Tuesday.
The bodies of Keith Chapman, 44, and his wife, Sally, 52, were found Monday in the wreckage of their twin-engine aircraft in a remote area north of the Great Sand Dunes National Monument, Saguache County officials said.
A hiker found the wreckage of the Cessna plane in Ground Hog Basin in the Sangre de Cristo mountains on Sunday and reported it to authorities after hiking out of the mountains, Saguache County undersheriff Dan Pacheco said.
The plane had been missing since Thursday when the Chapmans stopped in Pagosa Springs, Colo., to refuel and telephone their daughter in Omaha, Neb., to say they would arrive in 2 hours.
Searchers from the Colorado Civil Air Patrol and the El Paso and Arapahoe counties search and rescue teams were notified Friday when the couple failed to arrive in Nebraska.
National Tansportation Safety Board officials planned to investigate.
Chapman played at the John Wannamaker Store in Center City, Pa., for nearly 25 years.