Quantcast

Officials: No survivors expected in small plane crash in Colora - abc27 WHTM

Officials: No survivors expected in small plane crash in Colorado

Posted: Updated:
Rescue personnel examining the tail second of a plane on Saturday, March 22, 2014 after it was recovered from the Ridgeway Reservoir south of Montrose. Colo. (AP Photo/Ouray County Plaindealer, Patrick Moore) Rescue personnel examining the tail second of a plane on Saturday, March 22, 2014 after it was recovered from the Ridgeway Reservoir south of Montrose. Colo. (AP Photo/Ouray County Plaindealer, Patrick Moore)

MONTROSE, Colo. (AP) — A small plane believed to be carrying five people crashed into a reservoir in southwestern Colorado and authorities say all are feared dead.

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 plane crashed in Ridgeway Reservoir about 25 miles south of Montrose just before 2 p.m. Saturday. Rescue efforts started Saturday afternoon but were suspended shortly after sundown until Sunday morning.

Whitmore said no one is believed to have survived, but no victims have been recovered from the aircraft, which was located about 90 feet from shore in 60 to 90 feet of water.

"It's in deep water and it's in cold water, and we don't have the right resources in the county" to recover the plane, she said Sunday. Dive teams from Denver and Gunnison are expected to arrive at the reservoir Sunday afternoon.

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 weren't immediately returned.

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.

[Below is the Twitter feed of Colorado-area photojournalist covering the crash; click "Full Site" to see the embedded feed or click here.]

  • Birmingham Area NewsMore>>

  • Child bitten by snake at Veterans Park

    Child bitten by snake at Veterans Park

    Child bitten by snake at Veterans Park

    Friday, August 1 2014 9:37 PM EDT2014-08-02 01:37:12 GMT
    A 6-year-old girl was bitten on a foot by a snake Friday evening.More >>
    A 6-year-old girl was bitten on a foot by a snake Friday evening.
    More >>
  • Proposed EPA rule could affect Alabama coal industry, power rates

    Proposed EPA rule could affect Alabama coal industry, power rates

    Friday, August 1 2014 7:03 PM EDT2014-08-01 23:03:07 GMT
    Within the next 15 years, President Barack Obama wants to cut carbon emissions nationally by 30 percent.The Alabama Public Service Commission calls the president's clean power plan a war on coal. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce agrees. It says the plan would quash the development of more than 220,000 jobs per year.Environmental groups, on the other hand, love the proposed rule. They say it will clean the air and cut heal...More >>
    Within the next 15 years, President Barack Obama wants to cut carbon emissions nationally by 30 percent.The Alabama Public Service Commission calls the president's clean power plan a war on coal. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce agrees. It says the plan would quash the development of more than 220,000 jobs per year.Environmental groups, on the other hand, love the proposed rule. They say it will clean the air and cut heal...More >>
  • Shoppers take advantage of 'tax-free' holiday August 1-3

    Shoppers take advantage of 'tax-free' holiday August 1-3

    Friday, August 1 2014 6:20 PM EDT2014-08-01 22:20:02 GMT
    Moms and dads across most of the Birmingham area have an opportunity to check off their child's 'back-to-school' list and save money at the same time. The tax-free holiday is this weekend.More >>
    Moms and dads across most of the Birmingham area have an opportunity to check off their child's 'back-to-school' list and save money at the same time. The tax-free holiday is this weekend.More >>
Most Popular
Stories
Videos
loading...
Powered by WorldNow