Grand Teton NP Claims 4th Victim This Week

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September 12, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

Two people died on impact when an RV7 aircraft made a crash landing near North Spring Gulch Road inside the boundaries of the Grand Teton National Park around noon Wednesday (Sept. 11). This brings the total number of deaths in the last five days at the park to four.

The two who died when the two-seat, single-engine plane crashed around noon Wednesday have been identified as Russell Kamtz, 67, and Carol Kamtz, 65, both of Loveland, Colo., the Idaho State Journal, Pocatello, reported

No one else was injured when the plane hit the ground.

According to a news release, park rangers have been in communication with National Transportation Safety Board officials. An investigation has already been launched into what caused the RV7 to crash.

Those with the Jackson Hole Airport Fire Department, the Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole Fire and EMS, as well as Teton County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the incident.

Rangers discovered the body of a Florida man at Windy Point turnout on Teton Park Road Monday morning. Park officials indicated that Alberto Ortega, 55, of Winter Park, Fla., left a note before shooting himself in the head with semi-automatic pistol.

The body of a Colorado man was recovered last Saturday at the park. Edward Tom, 40, of Boulder died on Sept. 6 after he fell to his death in Garnet Canyon while scouting for a campsite following a storm with heavy rain and hail.

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