Wreckage of Medical Plane Found; 3 Aboard Presumed Dead

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ALAMOSA, Colo. (AP) -- Three people are presumed dead after their medical plane slammed into a Colorado mountainside, leaving wreckage described by rescuers as "catastrophic."

Archuleta County administrator Bob Campbell could not provide additional details. But a search for the victims was under way.

The plane had disappeared during a flight from Chinle, Arizona, to Alamosa, Colorado.

The wreckage was found in mountainous terrain just west of the Continental Divide near 11,677-foot high Charleys Peak.

An emergency locator transmitter helped pinpoint the plane's location.

The Federal Aviation Administration says flight controllers lost radio and radar contact with the twin-engine Beech King Air C-90A late Thursday.

The FAA says a pilot, flight nurse and paramedic were on the plane.

The plane is registered to Scenic Aviation of Blanding, Utah, which operates an air ambulance service called Eagle Air Med.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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