Telluride plane crash claims three pilots

Feb 18 2014, 10:20am CST | by , in News | Other Stuff

Telluride plane crash claims three pilots
The Denver channel

FAA is investigating the cause of the accident

A small aircraft has crashed in a mountainous region of Telluride, Colorado. The crash happened on Sunday night and all three people on the aircraft were killed. The victims have been identified by authorities.

The three victims in the crash were Sherry Anderson, 57, and Sherman Anderson, 64, both from Phoenix, and Eric Durban, 48. All three were form Arizona reports The Denver Channel. The Anderson's were married and were commercial airline pilots that leave behind a daughter.

The aircraft is a Beechcraft Bonanza and it disappeared shortly after takeoff from the Telluride Airport. After the aircraft, disappeared police used a helicopter to locate the plane. It was found crashed into a cliff band only a mile from the runway where it took off. Recovery operations are ongoing.

Search and rescue personally began recovery on Monday. The recovery is difficult due to the position of the aircraft and the terrain.

“It’s a technical process, and given the precarious position of the aircraft, it will take some time,” Sheriff Bill Masters said.

The cause of the crash is under investigation by the FAA. About a dozen rescue workers are involved in the recovery efforts, which are expected to wrap up soon. All passengers were apparently killed on impact. Passenger Durban was a former military pilot who left behind a wife and two kids.

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