Single-engine plane crashes into reservoir in Ouray County

Rescuers prepare to tow a downed aircraft in the Ridgway Reservoir at Ridgway State Park March 22, 2014. (Photo: William Woody, Watchnewspapers.com)

Rescuers prepare to tow a downed aircraft in the Ridgway Reservoir at Ridgway State Park March 22, 2014. (Photo: William Woody/ Watchnewspapers.com)

RIDGWAY, Colo. — A small plane crashed in Ouray County Saturday afternoon.

At about 1:50 p.m. Saturday, a single-engine Socata TBM700 crashed due to unknown circumstances into Ridgway Reservoir about 30 miles south of Montrose, according to Ian Gregor from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The aircraft, which was registered to an Alabama corporation, had taken off from Bartlesville, Okla and was on its way towards Montrose, Gregor told Channel 2 News.

Gregor said a deputy was on scene of the accident and reported locating debris, but no passengers. He added that a search-and-rescue team was on its way to the crash site.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the incident, said Gregor.

Neither agencies will release identifies of the victims in the crash, and NTSB will likely release a basic preliminary report on its website within a week or two, Gregor said.

Late Saturday afternoon, the Ouray County Emergency Management posted information regarding the crash on its Facebook page.

The post did not provide much additional information, but said the small plane had crashed near the Ridgway Reservoir just north of Ridgway.

It also stated that rescue crews, including divers, were en route to the crash site.

Ouray County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Martha P. Whitmore said the search and rescue operations ceased at about 7 p.m. Saturday and will resume Sunday morning with a dive team and additional resources.

Witmore said the plane crashed about 90 feet from the shoreline in 60 to 90 feet of water.

No victims have been recovered, but crews did not except to find any survivors from the crash.

Five victims are believed to have been on board, said Whitmore.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife closed the campground and day facilities of Ridgway State Park to accommodate recovery efforts — ground will remained closed until the operations are completed.