Crews Recover Plane From Reservoir, Victims Identified

By: KKTV/AP
By: KKTV/AP

Colorado park officials say a small plane has been recovered from Ridgway Reservoir in southwestern Colorado.

The plane crashed around 2 p.m. Saturday, killing five people on board. The plane was recovered Thursday afternoon.

Recovery of the victims was complicated by the fact that the plane was upside down in about 3 feet of silt and under about 60 feet of water.

Divers confirmed that the victims were still inside the plane, but the wreckage had to be pulled from the water before their bodies could be recovered.

The park is expected to reopen Friday.

Ouray County spokeswoman Marti Whitmore says the single-engine Socata TBM700 was flying from Bartlesville, Okla., to Montrose, about 180 miles southwest of Denver, when it went down Saturday.

Ouray County officials identified the dead as 48-year-old Jimmy Hill, 30-year-old Katrina Barksdale, Barksdale's sons, 11-year-old Kobe and 8-year-old Xander, and Barksdale's 14-year-old nephew, Seth McDuffie.

All were from Gadsden, Ala., where the flight originated.


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