SILVERTON, Colo. (AP) – A federal aviation investigator was in the southwestern Colorado mountains Tuesday to examine the scene of a weekend plane crash that killed five people.
Authorities were still trying to notify relatives of one victim and had not released any names, the San Juan County Sheriff’s Department said on Twitter. The department said at least four bodies were removed from the remote site on Monday.
San Juan County Coroner Keri Metzler didn’t immediately return a telephone page.
The twin-engine Cessna 310 crashed Sunday in the San Juan Mountains near Silverton. Five people were aboard and none survived, National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson said.
Knudson couldn’t say whether the plane is the same Cessna 310 reported overdue on a flight from Barstow, California, to Amarillo, Texas.
The last radar contact with the missing plane was near Telluride, Colorado, about 10 miles from Silverton, said Lt. Col. Mike Daniels of the Civil Air Patrol. That’s about 150 miles north of a straight-line route from Barstow to Amarillo. The Civil Air Patrol wasn’t told why the plane was over Colorado, Daniels said.
A Civil Air Patrol plane was dispatched Sunday to search for the missing aircraft, but the wreckage was found by a medical helicopter that happened to be in the area, Daniels said.
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