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Crews raise fuselage, victims of plane that crashed into Ridgway Reservoir

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RIDGWAY, Colo. — Recovery crews were able to raise the fuselage, along with the bodies of five people killed when a small plane crashed into the Ridgway Reservoir.

Authorities have identified the five people killed in the crash. They are Jimmy Hill, 48; Katrina Barksdale, 40; Xander Barksdale, 8; Kobe Barksdale, 11; and Seth McDuffie, 14, all of Gadsden, Ala.

From this point forward, the NTSB and FAA will take charge of the investigation of the crash. The plane has been secured for the investigation, said Ouray County Attorney spokeswoman Marti Whitmore.

The single-engine Socata TBM700 went down about 1:50 p.m. Saturday. Divers and rescue crews found the plane Monday, but Ouray County officials said recovery was slowed until an aviation salvage team could arrive at the site to help with recovery.

The aircraft, which was registered to an Alabama corporation, had taken off from Bartlesville, Okla., and was on its way to Montrose, Ian Gregor of the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The plane crashed about 90 feet from the shoreline into water up to 100 feet deep, Whitmore said.


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