More time needed to recover plane after crash kills 5

KUSA - Recovery crews have so far been unable to recover the wreckage of a small plane that crashed into a reservoir near Ridgway Saturday. Investigators believe five people aboard were killed.

Based on sonar images that were reviewed Sunday, it appears that the fuselage is intact along with the bodies of the victims, according to officials in Ouray County.

Dive teams were on hand to mark the location and assess the wreckage before further recovery efforts happen, and arrangements are being made to bring more crews and equipment to the scene.

None of the victims have been identified.

The crash happened just before 2 p.m. Saturday, according to Ian Gregor with the Federal Aviation Administration.

An Ouray County public information officer says the plane went down about 90 feet from shore in 60-90 feet of water. There are believed to be no survivors.

Ridgway State Park will be closed to the public through Monday while recovery efforts continue, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will assess the closure status before reopening the park.

Aviation officials said the plane is a single-engine Socata TBM700. It was headed to Montrose and had departed from Bartlesville, OK. Gregor said the plane is registered to a corporation in Alabama.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the crash. Gregor said the NTSB will be the lead investigating agency.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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