Small plane crashes in Colorado, killing 3 on board, authorities say

A single-engine airplane crashed in a remote part of Colorado, killing all three people on board, authorities said Friday.

The plane left the airport in the town of Mack, near Grand Junction and the Wyoming state line, on Thursday and never came back. The three had told the aircraft manager that they were looking for livestock on the mesa, authorities said.

The Civil Air Patrol spotted the wreckage Thursday night.

Efforts to recover the bodies were underway Friday, and the cause of the crash was under investigation, the Mesa County sheriff’s office said. Deputy Ben Carnes told KUSA, the NBC affiliate in Denver, that he did not know when the names would be released.