Four people on a single-engine Cessna 210 airplane were killed when the plane crashed near 13-thousand-492-foot Mt. Whitehouse.
The Civil Air Patrol began searching Thursday for the plane, which had been en route from Cables, California, to Elbert, Colorado, and located the wreckage yesterday.
A high altitude Air Force helicopter from Buckley Air Force Base was called in and its crew reached the scene, and confirmed the fatalities, said Civil Air Patrol spokesman Lt. Mark Young. Three men and one woman were aboard the plane.
Ouray County Sheriff Dominic Mattivi said their identifies had not been confirmed.
Due to the steep terrain and avalanche danger it was not possible to recover the bodies. A recovery operation will be launched when conditions improve.