Three passengers killed in Boulder County plane crash were a family from Louisiana

A Louisiana mother and her two children were among the four people killed in a Boulder County plane crash on Sunday, the family said Thursday. The fourth person was the pilot.

Sandra Kirby, 48, and her children, Ian, 17, and Amanda, 13, were visiting Colorado on a summer vacation, said Ella Bordelon, also of Louisiana and an extended family member.

Bordelon said that she was notified Wednesday night when local Louisiana authorities, along with a chaplain, came to her home with notification of the fatal crash. Bordelon is the girlfriend of Kirby’s former husband, who is the father of the children.

“We were here and we didn’t know anything,” Bordelon said. “We had no idea.”

Kirby worked as a secretary at Louisiana State University, Bordelon said. Ian would be starting his senior year of the high school in the fall and Amanda was going into the eighth grade.

“It’s a virtual shock to us,” Bordelon said.

As of Thursday morning, the Boulder County Coroner’s Office had not yet officially released the names of the victims, including the pilot.

The Cessna P337 crashed under unknown circumstances in the 11000 Block of Lefthand Canyon Drive, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a report on the agency’s website. The aircraft was listed as “destroyed,” with one member of the flight crew and three passengers killed.

The plane, built in 1972, was registered to Broomfield-based VX Aviation LLC, according to FAA records. The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office, though, shows that the company, established in 2015, has a Palisade mailing address.

The crash sparked a small wildfire that burned about a half acre before firefighters managed to get it under control.

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