4 killed in crash of small plane in Colorado
BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS December 4, 2011 6:44PM
SILVERTON, Colo. — All four people aboard a small plane were killed when it crashed in the southwest Colorado mountains, authorities said Sunday.
The single-engine plane was flying from Durango to Aspen when it crashed Saturday afternoon.
None of the victims’ names has been released, and the cause of the crash was unknown.
The Socata TB-21 left Durango at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday. About 40 minutes later its emergency beacon signal was detected near Silverton, The Denver Post reported.
Bad weather cut short the search on Saturday. Temperatures in Silverton dipped to 4 degrees between Saturday night and Sunday morning, and 8 to 10 inches of snow had fallen at the scene after the crash, San Juan County Emergency Manager Kristina Maxfield said.
The plane crashed in a rugged, heavily forested area up to 11,000 feet above sea level, Maxfield told The Associated Press.
Maxfield said a search team reached the crash site Sunday and found two bodies, which were being carried to waiting vehicles. She and Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Mike Fergus both confirmed to the AP that there were no survivors.
Neither elaborated on how they knew the other two people were dead.
It was unclear how long the search for the other victims would continue Sunday because snowfall had resumed and visibility was worsening, Maxfield said.
It was the second fatal plane crash near Silverton this year. A pilot and passenger were killed in the July 14 crash of a small plane. The cause is still under investigation.