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Small Plane Crashes in Colorado Reservoir

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A small airplane crashed into a reservoir near Ridgway, Colo., just before 2 p.m. Saturday, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said.

Authorities have yet to recover the victims of the crash and no identifications were available on Sunday, Ouray County spokeswoman Marti Whitmore told Reuters. The airplane was believed to be carrying five passengers, the wire service reported.

The single-engine Socata TBM700 had departed from Gadsden, Ala., stopped in Bartleville, Okla., and then departed for Montrose before it crashed in the reservoir, Gregor said.

Whitmore said the aircraft went down in 60 to 90 feet of the Colorado lake roughly 90 feet from shore, Reuters reported.

A dive team and additional resources were expected on the scene of the crash Sunday to complete recovery operations and any necessary clean-up of spilled fuel or debris, according to NBC station KUSA in Denver, Colo. It was unclear Sunday evening if that work had been completed.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the crash, Gregor said. The NTSB will be the lead investigating agency.

— Daniel Arkin, with Reuters

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