Numerous Colorado diving teams will be sent out on Sunday to hopefully find and bring back the fuselage of a small plane that crashed into Ridgway Reservoir, which is around 20 southwest of Montrose, on Saturday. It was believed there were five people aboard and Colorado police investigators fear that all were dead.
The single-engine Socata TBM700 was about 90 feet from shore when it crashed into water that was up to 100 feet deep at around 2 p.m. A sheriff’s deputy that was at the scene stated that debris was found but there was no sign of the occupants of the plane. A search and rescue operation continued to look for the individuals until around 7 p.m. Saturday evening. The search would turn into a search and recovery mission on Sunday due to the fact it was believed that none of the plane’s occupants had survived the crash.
An Ouray County spokesperson explained that they had recovered parts of the aircraft yesterday, but the fuselage remained in the water. The investigative team has a good sense of where it is located but the water around there is extremely dark and cold. It is going to be a bit of a test to get in there. The recovery operations on Sunday are focusing on getting the fuselage out of the reservoir and recovering both that and the victims, along with cleaning up any left-over debris. The spokesperson added that the investigators did not have the proper resources in the county at that time to be able to recover the plane. But dive teams were coming in from both Gunnison and Denver and they were believed to be expected at the reservoir on Sunday afternoon
Search and recovery teams were out in boats on Sunday morning, and the dive teams were going to be at the reservoir by the afternoon after they arrived, as was mentioned above. It was unknown for sure when the dive teams would arrive on Sunday afternoon for sure.
A Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson explained that the airplane had taken off from Gadsden, Alabama, made a stop in Bartlesville, Oklahoma and then headed on for Montrose, Colorado. It was a single-engine, fixed-wing 1996 model registered to Gadsden Aviation of Rainbow, Alabama, stated Federal Aviation Administration records. Both the National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA would be brought in to probe the deadly crash.
The identities of the crash victims were being withheld until their relatives had had a chance to be notified and told of what had happened.
The Colorado State Parks system decided to close a neighboring campground and with it, the day amenities, while police investigators finished up their completion of the salvage efforts.
Numerous Colorado diving teams will be sent out on Sunday to hopefully find and bring back the fuselage of a small plane that crashed into Ridgway Reservoir, which is around 20 southwest of Montrose, on Saturday. It was believed there were five people aboard and Colorado police investigators fear that all are dead.
By Kimberly Ruble
The Washington Post
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