ANGEL FIRE, N.M. (KRQE) - Officials have released the names of the victims on board a small airplane that crashed in Angel Fire Sunday.
State police identified the victims as pilot John Verhalen III of Scottsville, Texas, his girlfriend Jennifer Woodward, his sister Sarah Verhalen and her 13-year-old daughter Chloe Jameson.
Investigators say John Verhalen was flying a single engine airplane made by Mooney Aircraft, a company he used to work for as an engineer.
The Colfax County manager says there were gusts of about 50 miles per hour Sunday when they were getting ready to take off.
An airport attendant warned Verhalen the winds were much too strong for his single engine plane and told him not to take off.
Airport officials say Verhalen said he'd flown in high altitude before but that this was the highest.
Police got calls about the crash around 1:30 p.m. from several eyewitnesses driving by on Highway 434.
One police officer says one family drove right through just as the plane was going down, and the driver felt like he had to speed up to get out of the way.
"Sadness that people had to witness that firsthand. It's not easy for us to see it afterwards but to watch the plane go down could be very devastating," Lt. Steven Mulkey said.
State police is helping watch over the scene at this point but the National Transportation Safety Board is now leading the investigation.
One of NTSB's investigators arrived Monday morning.
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