3 die in plane crash in Mesa County

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MESA COUNTY, Colo.– Rural Area deputies received notification from the manager of the Mesa Mack Airport Thursday evening that a plane was overdue on it’s scheduled return to the airport.

As of Friday morning, deputies learned that the plane had crashed and that all three people on board had died.

According to a report from KREX, the plane crashed about 15 miles east of Collbran on Thursday afternoon, and was discovered by another plane who flew out to try to find three missing parties on board on Thursday night.

The previously-missing plane left the Mesa Mack Airport with a pilot and two passengers on board. The pilot informed the airport manager the group would be looking for livestock on the Grand Mesa, but their route and destination were unknown.

The victims’ names have not yet been released. Authorities told KREX the area is rough and snowy and requires snow gear.