5 victims of Colorado plane crash recovered, identified

By: Associated Press
March 27, 2014 Updated: March 27, 2014 at 5:33 pm
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photo - This photo released by Ouray County, shows salvage operations to recover the victims and plane, Thursday March 27, 2014, at the Ridgway Reservoir near Ridgway, Colo., at the site of a downed aircraft, which crashed last Saturday, March 22, 2014, killing five people from Alabama. (AP Photo/Ouray County, William Woody)
This photo released by Ouray County, shows salvage operations to recover the victims and plane, Thursday March 27, 2014, at the Ridgway Reservoir near Ridgway, Colo., at the site of a downed aircraft, which crashed last Saturday, March 22, 2014, killing five people from Alabama. (AP Photo/Ouray County, William Woody) 

RIDGWAY — Authorities have recovered the bodies of five people from Alabama who were killed when a single-engine plane crashed into a southwestern Colorado reservoir.

The victims and the wreckage of the plane were recovered from the reservoir Thursday.

Ouray County officials identified the dead as 48-year-old Jimmy Hill, 30-year-old Katrina Barksdale, Barksdale's sons, 11-year-old Kobe and 8-year-old Xander (ZAN'-der), and Barksdale's 14-year-old nephew, Seth McDuffie.

All were from Gadsden, Ala., where the flight originated.

The single-engine plane crashed Saturday on a flight bound for Montrose, about 25 miles north of the reservoir. Federal aviation investigators are looking for the cause.

The wreckage was upside down and partially buried in silt under about 60 feet of water.

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