GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Four people were killed in a private plane crash north of town 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 about 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.
The sheriff’s office said in a news release that heavy, low-hanging clouds delayed the search.
By 11:37 a.m. the plane had been located. A large debris field was identified at the site. Classic Air was able to land in the area and established that there were no survivors.
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Sheriff’s spokesman Walt Stowe said he could not confirm a report that campers heard the plane at about 9 p.m. Friday, and the time of the crash was not known.
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.
Reports said the aircraft was a Cirrus SR22, a single-engine plane that the General Aviation Manufacturers Association says is the best-selling general aviation plane since 2002.
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