Colorado plane crash victims not yet recovered

This photo provided by the Ouray County Plaindealer shows rescue personnel towing the tail second of a plane on Saturday, March 22, 2014 after it was recovered from the Ridgeway Reservoir south of Montrose. Colo. The plane believed to be carrying five people crashed into a reservoir in southwestern Colorado and authorities say all are feared dead. Divers are to be used Sunday to search for victims and to recover the rest of the plane. (AP Photo/Ouray County Plaindealer, Bill Tiedje)

MONTROSE, Colo. (AP) — Authorities haven’t yet recovered the bodies of five people feared dead after their small plane crashed into a southwestern Colorado reservoir.

Ouray County spokeswoman Marti Whitmore said Sunday that sonar images showed the fuselage appeared to be intact and the wings still attached. Dive teams marked the location, and recovery work was to continue Monday.

The identities of those aboard weren’t immediately released.

Whitmore says the single-engine Socata TBM700 was heading from Bartlesville, Okla., to Montrose, about 180 miles southwest of Denver, when it went down around 2 p.m. Saturday. It crashed into Ridgway Reservoir, about 25 miles south of Montrose.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the flight took off from Gadsden, Ala., before stopping in Oklahoma. The cause of the crash isn’t yet known.


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