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Published: Sunday, 3/23/2014

Officials: Plane crashes in Colorado, no survivors expected among the 5 believed to be aboard

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MONTROSE, Colo. — A small plane believed to be carrying five people crashed into a reservoir in southwestern Colorado and authorities say they don’t think anyone survived.

The single-engine Socata TBM700 was flying from Bartlesville, Okla., to Montrose, about 180 miles southwest of Denver, when it went down Saturday, Ouray County spokeswoman Marti Whitmore said.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the crash occurred just before 2 p.m., but he didn’t yet know its cause.

The aircraft went down in Ridgway Reservoir, about 25 miles south of Montrose.

Rescue efforts started in the afternoon and were suspected shortly after sundown until Sunday morning, Whitmore said.

Whitmore said no one is believed to have survived, but no victims have been recovered.

She said the aircraft crashed about 90 feet from shore in 60 to 90 feet of water.

The identities of the occupants were being withheld until relatives could be notified.

The plane is registered to an Alabama corporation. Messages left for the company Saturday evening weren’t immediately returned.

Whitmore said recovery work will continue Sunday. The Ouray County sheriff’s office said a dive team and additional resources were expected to take part.

Colorado State Parks has closed a nearby campground and day facilities, pending completion of the recovery efforts.

The crash occurred several weeks after three people died when a plane crashed after taking off from Telluride airport.


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