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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - Investigators say the pilot of a small, single-engine airplane that crashed into a southwestern Colorado reservoir, killing all five people aboard, reported to an air traffic controller that his aircraft was "in a spin" and he was trying to recover it.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports

the detail was released by the National Transportation Safety Board, which will conduct a more thorough investigation now that the aircraft has been retrieved from Ridgway Reservoir south of Montrose.

Killed in the March 22 crash were 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. All were from Gadsden, Ala., where the flight originated.

The group was on a spring break skiing trip.

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