Team set to retrieve plane, 5 bodies in Colorado

By: Associated Press
March 27, 2014 Updated: March 27, 2014 at 8:21 am

RIDGWAY — A salvage team is preparing to retrieve the bodies of five people and the wreckage of a small airplane from a southwestern Colorado reservoir.

Ouray (yoo-RAY') County spokeswoman Marti Whitmore says divers expect to start work Thursday morning at Ridgway Reservoir, where the plane crashed Saturday.

Whitmore says the salvage team hopes to recover the bodies and the plane by afternoon if the weather is favorable.

The single-engine plane is upside down and partially buried in silt under about 60 feet of water. Divers confirmed Monday the victims' bodies are still inside.

Authorities haven't released the victims' names. The flight originated in Gadsden, Ala., and was flying to Montrose, about 25 miles north of the reservoir.

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