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via By Kieran Nicholson @ The Denver Post

Three people who died in a small plane crash in southwestern Colorado on Sunday all were pilots from Arizona, according to the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office.

Telluride plane crash

This photo released by the San Miguel Sheriff s Office shows the wreckage of a private Beechcraft Bonanza single-engine plane that crashed near the Telluride airport Sunday, killing all three people aboard. (Provided by San Miguel Sheriff s Office).

For more information about the three people who died in the crash visit the original story, here.

Recovery operations began at sunrise Monday and were completed about 11 a.m., the sheriff’s office said.

The single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza took off from Telluride at 11:20 a.m. Sunday in light snow. Visibility was about one mile and winds were clam. The plane was en route to Cortez, about 75 miles southwest of Telluride.

The wreckage was found about a mile west of the Telluride airport, along a cliff band, the sheriff’s office said.

This photo released by the San Miguel Sheriff’s Office shows the wreckage of a private Beechcraft Bonanza single-engine plane that crashed near a

This photo released by the San Miguel Sheriff’s Office shows the wreckage of a private Beechcraft Bonanza single-engine plane that crashed near a Colorado ski town’s airport, killing all three people aboard. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jennifer Dinsmore said deputies began the recovery effort west of Telluride, Colo., Monday Feb. 17, 2014. The airplane took off from Telluride Regional Airport on Sunday, Feb. 16 on its way to Cortez, a city in southwest Colorado about 75 miles away. (AP Photo/San Miguel Sheriff’s Office) (, San Miguel Sheriff’s Office).

A contract helicopter and about a dozen trained emergency personnel carried out the technical recovery mission.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash. The NTSB is expected to begin recovering the plane on Tuesday.

Read more: Sheriff identifies 3 who died in small plane crash near Telluride – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_25163319/sheriff-identfies-3-who-died-small-plane-crash#ixzz2td1HFxMC

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