A Telluride plane crash claimed the lives of all three individuals flying on board a private, single engine Beechcraft Bonanza plane Sunday. The small aircraft 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, but crashed shortly thereafter.
The plane was registered to an Arizona flying club. Air traffic control at the Telluride and Denver airports lost contact with the plane, prompting a search to be initiated. The wreckage of the plane was found later that night on a cliff face approximately one mile west of the airport.
Deputies confirmed there were no survivors.
“This is certainly not the outcome we were hoping for, it's just a terrible, terrible tragedy,” San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters said.
The three people who died in the Sunday crash are Sherry and Sherman Anderson, of Phoenix, and Eric Durban, of Mesa, Ariz.
Sherry Anderson was 57; her husband Sherman Anderson was 64; and Durban was 48, the sheriff's office said in a media release.
The Andersons both were commercial airplane pilots and Durban was a former military pilot, according to the Denver Post.
The cause of the crash is not yet known. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.