Rover used to help find Colorado crash victims

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: March 24, 2014
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photo - This photo provided by the Ouray County Plaindealer shows rescue personnel towing the tail second of a plane on Saturday, March 22, 2014 after it was recovered from the Ridgeway Reservoir south of Montrose. Colo. The plane believed to be carrying five people crashed into a reservoir in southwestern Colorado and authorities say all are feared dead. Divers are to be used Sunday to search for victims and to recover the rest of the plane. (AP Photo/Ouray County Plaindealer, Bill Tiedje) MANDATORY CREDIT
This photo provided by the Ouray County Plaindealer shows rescue personnel towing the tail second of a plane on Saturday, March 22, 2014 after it was recovered from the Ridgeway Reservoir south of Montrose. Colo. The plane believed to be carrying five people crashed into a reservoir in southwestern Colorado and authorities say all are feared dead. Divers are to be used Sunday to search for victims and to recover the rest of the plane. (AP Photo/Ouray County Plaindealer, Bill Tiedje) MANDATORY CREDIT

MONTROSE, Colo. — Boats and dive teams are again working to try to recover five people feared dead after their plane crashed into a southwestern Colorado reservoir.

Ouray County spokeswoman Marti Whitmore says searchers are using a remote-controlled rover to help them find the victims and the plane in the deep, cold water Monday.

The single-engine Socata originated in Gadsden, Ala., and was headed to Montrose, about 25 miles north of the reservoir, when it crashed into the water Saturday.

According to preliminary information gathered by the National Transportation Safety Board, the pilot reported that the plane was in a spin before losing communication.

Authorities haven’t identified those on board.

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