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Team brought in to remove crashed Colorado plane

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: March 25, 2014
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RIDGWAY, Colo. — An aviation salvage team is being brought in to pull the wreckage of a single-engine plane from a reservoir in southwestern Colorado.

The team is scheduled to start work Wednesday at Ridgway Reservoir, where the plane from Alabama crashed on Saturday.

Divers confirmed Monday that the bodies of all five victims are still inside the wreckage of the Socata TBM700, which is upside down and partially buried in silt under about 60 feet of water. Authorities say the wreckage has to be pulled to shore before they can safely remove the bodies.

Authorities haven’t released the victims’ identities but said the flight originated in Gadsden, Ala., and was flying to Montrose, about 25 miles north of the reservoir.

Witnesses say they heard the plane’s engine struggling before the crash.

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