Victims identified in Buckinghorse plane crash

Jim Holte, pictured here, and his wife Gloria were killed when their plane crashed into a mountain near Buckinghorse River.

The American couple killed in a plane crash Monday morning near Buckinghorse River have been identified.

The Grand Forks Herald is reporting this morning that Jim and Gloria Holte of Grygla, Minn., were killed when the Cessna 182 plane they were flying crashed into a mountain near the small northern community.

The Holtes had been flying from Minnesota to Alaska, according to the Herald. The pair had stopped to refuel in Dawson Creek, but failed to arrive at their next scheduled fuel stop in Watson Lake in the Yukon, according to the newspaper.

No other people were on board the plane, the newspaper stated.

Jim Holte was the owner of Holte Flying Service, providing crop spraying servicies for Grygla and the surrounding Marshall County, some 90 miles northeast of Grand Forks, according to the report. Holte had recently retired and sold the business.

According to a July 2014 article in the Grygla Eagle Newspaper, the Holtes had three sons, and six grandchildren, all girls. Though they had retired, the Holtes still owned two hobby planes and flew frequently, including trips to Florida, Washington, California, and the Grand Canyon.

Officials with the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria, which responded to the crash, suggest the Holte’s had been following a mountain ridgeline on their way to Watson Lake. Weather is believed to have been a factor in the crash, with heavy cloud cover believed to have limited visibility.

Read the full article in the Grand Forks Herald here.

Read the July 2014 article on the Holtes in the Grygla Eagle Newspaper here.

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