4 people killed in Colorado mountains plane crash

by nph | December 5th, 2011

December 5, 2011

When a small plane crashed in the southwest Colorado mountains on Saturday, all four people aboard died, according to the Washington Post.

A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) official said that the single-engine Socata TB-21 aircraft crashed Saturday around 3 p.m. in an area north of and about one and a half miles from Silverton, Colorado.

The plane left Durango for Aspen at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday, and 41 minutes later the aircraft’s emergency beacon signal was detected near Silverton.

The FAA spokesman said that reports of a debris field started coming in to San Juan County dispatchers before 3:00p.m. and a search ensued. The debris field covered more than a mile. On Saturday, searchers had to give up the effort because the temperature dipped down to four degrees overnight, and up to ten inches of snow fell at the scene.

The Silverton-San Juan Fire and Rescue Authority and the K9 Search and Rescue Team of Dolores, Colorado, were brought in on Sunday, as the trek to the debris field began.

The body of one victim was being removed from the site on Sunday. It was unclear how long the recovery work would take because the weather was worsening, a San Juan County Search and Rescue team member said.

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