Five Bodies Remain in Ridgway Reservoir Plane Crash
Ouray County officials will not be able to recover the wreckage from Saturday's Ridgway Reservoir plane crash until Wednesday of this week.
Five people have been confirmed dead and their bodies will remain trapped in the wreckage of the plane. Officials are reporting that the plane's location is proving to be too complicated for local authorities to salvage.
The plane is located in about 60 to 70 feet of water and buried in up to 3 foot of silt.
Authorities have yet to release the identies of the the vicitims, but the flight originated from Gadsden, Ala. bound for Montrose, Colo. The plane crashed into the Ridgway Reservoir Saturday (March 22) around 2 PM.
The cause of the crash has yet to be determined.
According to eyewitness reports, the plane popped out of the cloud cover and went into a flat spin.
The dive team is expected to arrive on Wednesday and will face the challenging deep, cold water and thick silt that will hinder the divers visibility.
The Ridgway State Park will remained closed until Thursday after the salvage efforts are finished.