Colorado plane crash victims not yet recovered

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 24, 2014 at 1:25 am •  Published: March 24, 2014
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MONTROSE, Colo. (AP) — Authorities worked to get additional crews and equipment to recover victims from a plane crash in a cold southwestern Colorado reservoir.

The single-engine Socata TBM700 went down over the weekend and authorities said that five occupants are feared dead.

Crews worked Sunday but were unable to retrieve the victims.

Officials said that the aircraft crashed about 90 feet from shore in 60 to 90 feet of water in the reservoir in Ridgway State Park.

"It's in deep water and it's in cold water, and we don't have the right resources in the county" to recover the plane, Ouray County spokeswoman Marti Whitmore said.

Dive teams from Denver and Gunnison on Sunday marked the location of the wreckage as efforts focused on finding the victims and the main body of the aircraft, Whitmore said.

Sonar images showed the fuselage appeared to be intact and the wings still attached, Whitmore said. Recovery work will resume Monday.

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