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Update: 3 killed in small-plane crash at Loveland Ski Area

LOVELAND SKI AREA, Colo. — Three people were killed Monday when a single-engine plane crashed at Loveland Ski Area east of the Eisenhower Tunnel off Interstate 70.

Smoke could be seen by drivers on Interstate 70 near the Eisenhower/Johnson tunnels from a small fire that started because of the crash.

The fire was so intense that it was difficult to discern the tail number of the craft or the identity of the occupants, according to the Clear Creek Sheriff’s Office. The airplane was believed to be a single-engine Piper en route from Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Jefferson County to Moab, Utah.

The Sheriff’s Office said the crash happened near the Third Valley lot of the ski area, in a heavily wooded area at Loveland Valley.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators are en route to the crash site.