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Search Resumes For Victims In Plane That Crashed After Bartlesville Stop

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The small plane went down in Ridgway Reservoir Saturday afternoon. William Woody photo. The small plane went down in Ridgway Reservoir Saturday afternoon. William Woody photo.
Flight Aware records show the plane is registered to Gadsden Aviation LLC in Rainbow City, Alabama. Flight Aware records show the plane is registered to Gadsden Aviation LLC in Rainbow City, Alabama.
The tail of the plane has been recovered from the reservoir. Photo courtesy CBS News, Patrick Moore. The tail of the plane has been recovered from the reservoir. Photo courtesy CBS News, Patrick Moore.
RIDGWAY, Colorado -

A search resumed Sunday for victims after a small plane crashed into a reservoir in southwestern Colorado. The single-engine Socata TBM700 had stopped in Bartlesville on its way to Montrose when it crashed just before 2 p.m. Saturday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Debris from the plane was found in the reservoir in about 60 to 90 feet of water, according to Ouray County public information officer Marti Whitmore.

Whitmore said Sunday morning that recovery operations are now focusing on retrieving the victims and locating the fuselage in the reservoir. By evening, she updated that still no victims had been recovered or identified.

"Based on sonar images obtained today, it appears that the fuselage is intact, and that the wings are still attached," Whitmore said. "Dive teams were on site today to confirm and mark the location for futher recovery efforts. Arrangements are being made to have additional crews and equipment in place as quickly as possible."

3/22/2014 Related Story: Small Plane Stops Over In Bartlesville, Crashes In Colorado

The Watch reports that five passengers were believed to have been on board the plane and that searchers do not expect to find survivors. Witnesses say the plane went into a "flat dead spin" moments before it hit the waters at the Ridgway State Park.

The plane is registered to an Alabama company, Gadsden Aviation. Their Facebook page says Gadsden Aviation is an aviation maintenance company which also provides rental cars located and the Northeast Alabama Regional Airport in Gadsden, Alabama.

FlightAware tracking shows the plane left Alabama Regional Airport early Saturday morning then landed in Bartlesville at 11:10 a.m. It took off at 12:12 p.m. with a planned destination of Montrose Regional Airport.

The National Transportation Safety Board is believed to be on scene.

The park is closed to the public as the recovery effort continues.

See coverage of this story on The Watch.

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