Pilot confesses to intentionally crashing plane
February 2, 2015
The pilot that survived the plane crash off Rabbit Ears Pass on Jan. 25 talked with CBS4 on Monday and confessed to intentionally flying the plane into the mountain.
Mark Darling, of Eaton, was flying his Cessna 172F high-wing airplane alone from Baggs, Wyoming, to Greeley when he crashed on top of Green Creek between Sarvis Creek and Harrison Creek.
In an interview with CBS4, Darling said he was overcome with grief thinking about his son, Travis, who died in a car crash two years ago. He said he then wanted to die.
"I make a bad decision at this point. I turn the airplane east toward the mountains," he said on CBS4. "The plane started busting through the trees. I do not have a bruise from the seatbelt, not a scratch on me."
Watch the interview and read more of the story here.