Colorado plane crash: Rover used to help find, recover 5 victims
MONTROSE, Colo. (AP) Boats and dive teams are again working to try to recover five people feared dead after their plane crashed into a southwestern Colorado reservoir.
Ouray (yoo-RAY') County spokeswoman Marti Whitmore says searchers are using a remote-controlled rover to help them find the victims and the plane in the deep, cold water Monday.
The single-engine Socata originated in Gadsden, Ala., and was headed to Montrose, about 25 miles north of the reservoir, when it crashed into the water Saturday.
According to preliminary reports, the pilot reported that the plane was in a spin before losing communication, National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Eric Weiss said Monday.
That's consistent with an eyewitness account from a woman who was attending a wedding nearby when the plane crashed.
"It popped out of the thick, heavy clouds and went into a flat spin," Lena Martinez told the Ouray County Plaindealer.
Such eyewitness accounts have been turned over to the FAA and the NTSB for their investigations.
The plane is registered to an Alabama corporation. Messages left for the company weren't immediately returned.
The crash occurred several weeks after three people died when a plane crashed after taking off from the Telluride airport, less than 50 miles south.