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Aspen, CO – Ruben Cohen and David Zara Killed in Plane Crash in Mountain Region

July 8, 2021 | 3 min read

Aspen, CO (July 8, 2021) – Two New Yorkers, Ruben Cohen and David Zara, have lost their lives following a plane crash on Saturday in the Aspen area. On July 3, emergency crews were called to the scene of a plane crash outside of Aspen.

Reports provided by the Colorado State Patrol show that a 58-year-old Zara, who was the founder of Zen Air and Tradewind Aviation, was flying a Beechcraft Bonanza aircraft with a second man, Cohen. For unknown reasons, the plane crashed just 14 miles outside of Aspen, after taking off en-route to Des Moines, Iowa.

Both men onboard were fatally injured in the accident. At this time, the circumstances surrounding the crash are under investigation.

We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims who lost their lives in this accident. Our thoughts are with them at this time.

Fatal Aviation Accidents in Colorado

Every year, accidents across the state of Colorado claim the lives of hundreds of victims. Although not as common as most other types of accidents, those involving airplanes and various other forms of aircraft continue to have a devastating impact on families. Not only are families forced to deal with the mental and emotional consequences, but they often endure stacking financial consequences as well. In some cases, surviving relatives can seek the assistance of skilled Colorado wrongful death attorneys who can review the circumstances surrounding the accident to determine what legal options are available for them.

If your loved one has lost their life in an aviation accident, you may be entitled to compensation to cover some of the costs you face moving ahead. This includes recovering compensation for:

  • Lost wages
  • Lost earnings/benefits
  • Loss of consortium
  • Medical expenses
  • Funeral costs
  • Burial arrangements
  • Loss of companionship

Collecting compensation for these and other damages can help to ensure your family is in the best position possible to cover the financial burdens you face after enduring the sudden and unexpected loss of a loved one.

For over 40-years, Burg Simpson’s personal injury attorneys in Colorado have fought aggressively to ensure families across the state are able to hold negligent parties accountable for their actions. Aviation accidents require keen attention to detail to determine what caused the accident and who all can be held accountable. If your loved one has lost their life in an accident, due to the negligence of another party, contact our Colorado personal injury law firm at your earliest convenience to get started on your claim. Call (888) 895-2080 to schedule a free case review with our team at your earliest convenience to discuss the legal options available for you. Our team will review the circumstances surrounding your loved one’s death and help fight to ensure you get the justice you deserve.

Note: Independent sources were used in the creation of this post.  These sources include news reports, police reports, eye-witness reports, social media reports, and first-hand accounts about the injury accident. For that reason, the facts pertaining to the specific events surrounding this accident have not been independently verified by our writing team. If there is any information that is not correct about a specific incident or if you would prefer that the post be removed, please reach out to us as soon as possible so that we can make the correction or remove the post.  

Disclaimer: At the personal injury law firm of Burg Simpson, we have made it our mission to give back to our local community members. We have dedicated our careers to changing peoples’ lives for the better by fighting for them in court to ensure that they receive fair and full compensation for their injuries and damages after suffering an injury.  We hope these posts will help bring awareness to the dangers of driving and will remind members of our communities to practice safer driving habits and take the necessary precautions to prevent being injured. This is not a solicitation for business. The information in this post should not be misconstrued as medical advice or legal advice. The photos depicted in this post are not representative of the actual accident scene.