Colorado plane crash said to kill all victims

A small plane believed to be carrying five people crashed into a reservoir in southwestern Colorado and authorities say all are feared dead.

By The Associated Press Modified: March 24, 2014 at 6:58 am •  Published: March 22, 2014
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A small plane believed to be carrying five people crashed into a reservoir in southwestern Colorado and authorities say all are feared dead.


The single-engine Socata TBM700 was flying from Bartlesville to Montrose, about 180 miles southwest of Denver, when it went down Saturday, Ouray County spokeswoman Marti Whitmore said.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the plane crashed in Ridgeway Reservoir about 25 miles south of Montrose just before 2 p.m. Saturday. Rescue efforts started Saturday afternoon but were suspended shortly after sundown.

Whitmore said no one is believed to have survived, but no victims have been recovered from the aircraft, which was about 90 feet from shore in 60 to 90 feet of water.

Dive teams from Denver and Gunnison were expected to arrive at the reservoir Sunday afternoon.

The identities of the occupants were being withheld until relatives could be notified.

The plane is registered to an Alabama corporation. Messages left for the company weren't immediately returned.

Colorado State Parks has closed a nearby campground and day facilities, pending completion of the recovery efforts.


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