News Release #5: Ouray County Plane Crash Update

March 23, 2014 -   6:40 pm

RidgwayColorado – Ouray CountyColorado


Contact:Marti Whitmore – Ouray County Attorney and Public Information Officer






Recovery operations today were focused on accurately locating the fuselage and evaluating logistical needs to recover the victims and the fuselage.  Based on sonar images obtained today, it appears that the fuselage is intact, and that the wings are still attached.   

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.   

No victims have been recovered at this time, and no identifications are available.   

The sheriff’s office has taken statements from eye-witnesses, and that information will be provided to the NTSB and FAA for their investigations into the cause of the crash.  

Ridgway State Park remains closed to the public through Monday so that search and recovery efforts can continue.  Colorado Parks and Wildlife will reassess the closure status later tomorrow.  

Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.