Four people were killed in a private plane crash north of Glenwood Springs overnight.
The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office said it was notified early Saturday about the plane, which was flying from Fort Collins to Utah. Its last reported location was approximately 9 miles north of Rifle near Baxter Peak.
The plane was carrying a family of four, two adults and two children, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.
The Civil Air Patrol and a Classic Air medical helicopter based in Glenwood Springs were asked to assist with an aerial search, which was delayed Saturday morning by heavy, low-hanging clouds.
The Classic Air helicopter located the plane and a large debris field from the crash at roughly 11:35 a.m. Classic Air was able to land in the area and determined that no one survived.
Sheriff’s spokesman Walt Stowe said he could not confirm a report that campers heard the plane Friday evening, but said the crash occurred around 10 p.m. Weather was bad in the area Friday evening, with Glenwood High’s football game delayed for an hour by lightning.
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Stowe said late Saturday afternoon that he did not know if ground search teams had been able to reach the site. He said the National Transportation Safety Board would seek to get to the location on Sunday.
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