Highlands Ranch plane crash victim IDed

A small aircraft crashed in an open field in Highlands Ranch March 29, 2014. (Photo: Larry Steller Highlands Ranch/Twitter)

A small aircraft crashed in an open field in Highlands Ranch March 29, 2014. (Photo: Larry Steller Highlands Ranch/Twitter)

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. — A man who died after his single-engine plane crashed into a field in Highlands Ranch Saturday has been identified.

Tuesday afternoon, the Douglas County Coroner’s Office identified 60-year-old James Peoples of Littleton as the victim in Saturday’s plane crash.

Peoples’ small aircraft crashed into an open field just south of C-470 and east of Lucent Boulevard in Highlands Ranch.

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Witnessed said the plane flew low over a H2O Carwash before plummeting into the field. After impact, the plane caught fire.

On Sunday, Centennial Airport Operations confirmed to Channel 2 News that Peoples took off from Centennial Airport at approximately 2:30 p.m. in an experimental plane on the day of the crash.

The coroner said that an autopsy was performed and, while the manner of death was indicated as accidental, a cause of death has yet to be determined.

Deputies from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office are continuing to investigate.