Three people traveling aboard a private aircraft were found dead near the Telluride
Airport on Sunday. The cause of the crash has yet to be determined. Ian Gregor, the spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), stated that light winds were present during takeoff with roughly one mile of visibility. The San Miguel County Sheriff, Bill Masters, also mentioned the presence of light snow. The single-engine plane was found one mile West of the airport and is believed to have crashed into a cliff ridge.
The plane issued no distress, however the last communication received from any persons on the plane was during their flight departure. Both Denver and Telluride air traffic control towers had no signs of the aircraft on their radars after roughly 1 hour and 20 minutes thus instigating the search. The plane was found less than five hours later, with no survivors, by the sheriff’s office.
According to Ian Gregor, the incident will be investigated in full by the National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA. The office of the coroner will release the passenger names upon notifying the family members of the deceased. Bill Masters stated, "this is certainly not the outcome we were hoping for, it's just a terrible, terrible tragedy."
All three people killed in a single-engine plane crash near a Colorado ski town's airport were pilots from Arizona, authorities said.
Killed were Sherry Anderson, 57, and Sherman Anderson, 64, of Phoenix, and Eric Durban, 48, of Mesa, Ariz., the San Miguel County sheriff's office said in a statement Monday.
[caption id="attachment_79887" align="aligncenter" width="300"] This photo released by the San Miguel Sheriff’s Office shows the wreckage of a private Beechcraft Bonanza single-engine plane that crashed near a Colorado ski town's airport, killing all three people aboard. Sheriff's spokeswoman Jennifer Dinsmore said deputies began the recovery effort west of Telluride, Colo., Monday Feb. 17, 2014. The airplane took off from Telluride Regional Airport on Sunday, Feb. 16 on its way to Cortez, a city in southwest Colorado about 75 miles away. (AP Photo/San Miguel Sheriff’s Office)[/caption]