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Plane Crash Recovery Efforts

By: AP
By: AP

Rescue workers say they're unable to recover the bodies of four California residents killed in a plane crash on Whitehouse Mountain.

Ouray County Sheriff Dominic Mattivi says two crew members flew by helicopter to the crash site early Wednesday morning, but every time they tried to land, the chopper started sliding down the snow-covered mountain.

Mattivi says the terrain is so rugged it would take the recovery team several days to hike into the area, and several more to hike out. He says he's working to get a high-altitude helicopter, so the team members can be flown in, and possibly lowered to the wreckage.

Civil Air Patrol fliers found the wreckage Friday, the day after relatives reported the plane overdue at Elbert, about 150 miles away.


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