Rescue teams work to recover plane, victims from Ridgway Reservoir
RIDGWAY, Colo. –Divers resumed recovery efforts Monday morning after a plane went down in Ridgway Reservoir in Ouray County on Saturday afternoon.
Ouray County officials said boats and dive teams were on the reservoir Monday morning in an attempt to find the plane’s fuselage and the victims. No victims have been recovered.
Five people are thought to have been aboard the single-engine Socata TBM700 when it crashed in Ridgway Reservoir about 1:50 p.m. Saturday, Ouray County said. All are presumed dead.
Officials will hold a news conference at 4 p.m. Monday to update the situation.
The aircraft, which was registered to an Alabama corporation, had taken off from Bartlesville, Okla., and was on its way to Montrose, Ian Gregor of the Federal Aviation Administration said.
The identities of those aboard have not been officially confirmed, but the Gadsden Times of Alabama reported the victims are local businessman Jimmy Hill, Seth McDuffie, Katrina Vinzant Barksdale and her two sons, Xander and Kobe.
Portions of the plane, including the tail, have been found.
“Based on sonar images obtained today, it appears that the fuselage is intact, and that the wings are still attached,” Ouray County spokeswoman Martha Whitmore said in a statement Sunday.
The plane crashed about 90 feet from the shoreline into water up to 100 feet deep, she said.
Ridgway State Park will remain closed at least through Monday.