Victims of Sept. 25 plane crash identified


While the investigation remains open, the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office has released additional information concerning the fatal plane crash that occurred Sept. 25 — including the identities of the two victims.

According to Undersheriff Tonya Hamilton, the pilot has been identified as Robert “Bobby” Bennet, 70, of Midlothian, Texas. The passenger was identified as Svitlana Solodovnyk, 53, of Ukraine.

The couple died when Bennet’s plane, a 1964 Beechcraft S35 Bonanza single-engine plane, crashed south of Pagosa Springs shortly before 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 25. The crash was reported at 11:26 a.m., an ACSO statement reported.

For more information, see the Oct. 1 issue of The SUN.