RIDGWAY – All five victims of a plane crash into the Ridgway Reservoir were recovered Thursday afternoon. The rest of the plane was also recovered in the operation.
Crews worked virtually all day to pull the small plane from the bottom of the reservoir. The salvage team was spotted around 10:30 a.m.
The plane crashed in to the Reservoir Saturday. All five people on board were killed.
The plane was upside down, sixty feet under water. The bodies of all five victims were still inside the plane.
A crew attempted to recover the bodies on Monday, but it proved to be too difficult.
Ouray County officials identified the dead as 48-year-old Jimmy Hill, 40-year-old Katrina Barksdale, Barksdale's sons, 11-year-old Kobe and 8-year-old Xander, and Barksdale's 14-year-old nephew, Seth McDuffie.
The pilot, Hill, was a well known business owner in Alabama. Hill is the president of Gadsden Tool and owns several other businesses in the area.
The single-engine Socata originated in Gadsden, Ala., and was headed to Montrose when it crashed into the water Saturday.
Witnesses reported hearing the plane's engine cutting in and out before the engine stopped. The plane then spiraled out of clouds and crashed into the lake, according to witness accounts. Sheriff officials say the impact caused damage to the cabin.
The weather was windy with a mix of rain and snow on Saturday when plane went down.
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