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Colorado plane crash update: 5 feared dead in underwater grave, fuselage intact

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There’s no sign of survivors in a Colorado plane crash that came down in a reservoir and sank in about 100-feet of water. Five passengers were on board the small single-engine Socata TBM 700, but none escaped the plane, according to The Salt Lake Tribune on March 23.

Searchers recovered the tail, but the fuselage is still underwater and the search party is expected to send divers into the murky and cold water to retrieve the bodies on Sunday.
Ouray County spokesperson Marti Whitmore said:

"We have recovered pieces of the tail yesterday, but the fuselage is in the water. We have a good sense of where it is but the water is very cold and very murky, so it is a little bit of a challenge to get in there."

The plane took off from Gadsden, Alabama and stopped in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. The plane left on its final leg of its journey to Montrose and then crashed into Ridgway Reservoir, about 25 miles from Montrose.

The plane landed about 90-feet off shore at about 2 p.m. on Saturday. The search team continued looking for the bodies of the crash victims on Saturday until about 7 p.m., and they planned to resume Sunday.

Update: According to Fox News on March 24 the sonar images show that the fuselage is intact at the bottom of the reservoir. The recovery effort went on all weekend and will resume Monday. There are no survivors in this crash. The names of the passengers on this ill-fated flight have not been released.

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