Sheriff: No survivors in Colo. small plane crash
CENTRAL CITY, Colo. (AP) – A small plane crashed and burned in the northern Colorado mountains, killing the three people on board, officials said Thursday.
A spokeswoman for the Gilpin County sheriff’s office, Cherokee Blake, said the plane was flying from Boulder to California Wednesday when it crashed near Rollins Pass. The victims’ names weren’t released.
The sheriff’s office previously said it was believed only one person was in the plane. The 1951 single-engine Beech Bonanza was so severely burned and mangled that it was difficult to tell how many people were inside, Blake said.
The bodies were taken to the Jefferson County coroner’s office. Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were expected to return to the crash site Saturday.
The sheriff’s office received a call at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday about smoke on Rollins Pass Road. U.S. Forest Service employees found the downed plane in the Arapahoe National Forest.
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