Family of 4 killed in plane crash on trip from Arizona to Telluride

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PAYSON, Ariz. — A family of four was killed Monday after their small plane that was heading for Telluride in southwest Colorado crashed, the Gila County Sheriff’s Office said.

The wreckage of the plane was found near near Washington Park north of Payson, Ariz., after it was reported overdue by the Scottsdale Police Department on Monday night.

A woman called the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office to say she was concerned that the family members had not yet arrived.

“The pilot of the Cessna 210 aircraft did not file a flight plan, and the parties had not been heard from,” the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

“A cellphone was pinged and deputies, along with the Arizona Department of Public Safety ranger helicopter and the Air Force Civil Air Patrol located the downed aircraft northwest” about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, the Gila County Sheriff’s Office said.

The private plane went down with a 31-year-old woman, her 44-year-old husband and his two daughters from a previous marriage, ages 12 and 14.


ABC15 in Phoenix said a family member told police the four were taking the yearly trip to Colorado.