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UPDATE: 3 dead following plane crash in Colorado

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
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Telluride, CO. (AP) -- Sheriff's deputies have reached the wreckage of a single-engine plane that crashed near a Colorado ski town's airport, killing all three people aboard.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Jennifer Dinsmore says deputies began the recovery effort west of Telluride Monday morning.

San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters says the private Beechcraft Bonanza took off from Telluride Regional Airport at 11:20 a.m. Sunday on its way to Cortez, a city in southwest Colorado about 75 miles away.

The wreckage was found in a cliff band about a mile west of the airport six hours later.

A photo of the wreckage Tweeted by Masters on Monday shows the charred fuselage of the plane with the wings largely intact.

Names of those killed have not been released.


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Colorado authorities say three people have died after a small private plane crashed near the airport it was leaving.

San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters says the Beechcraft Bonanza took off from Telluride Regional Airport at 11:20 a.m. Sunday on its way to Cortez, a city in southwest Colorado about 75 miles away. It was found crashed into a cliff band about a mile west of the airport at 5:17 p.m.

Air traffic control in the Telluride and Denver airports lost contact with the plane, prompting a search by the sheriff's office at 12:40 p.m.

Masters says the last communication with the pilot was from the runway during takeoff.

The sheriff says recovery efforts will start Monday. No identities have been released.


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