Survivors from Tucson: 'Plane hit trees'

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DENVER (AP) -- Two passengers have told investigators that a small plane overshot the runway and was circling to make another attempted landing when it ran into trees and crashed in western Colorado, killing the pilot.

The passengers say the engine sounded normal and the pilot didn't mention any malfunctions before the June 6 crash outside the town of Marble. They say the plane was flying toward the sun, making it difficult to see.

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued a preliminary report on the crash but hasn't released the cause.

Thirty-nine-year-old William Michael Fritts of Osceola, Mo., was killed. The two passengers were 21-year-old Kelly M. Schaver and 56-year-old Jeryl A. Schaver, both of Tucson, Ariz.

They were treated for injuries.

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