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Officials: 4 killed in San Juan County plane crash

Officials: 4 killed in San Juan County plane crash

(KSL TV File)



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MONTICELLO, San Juan County — The wreckage of a small plane has been found in eastern San Juan County in southeast Utah, officials said.

All four people who were on the plane died in the crash, San Juan County dispatchers confirmed on Friday evening. Officials did not identify any of the passengers.

The plane went missing over San Juan County on Thursday, San Juan County Sheriff Rick Eldredge said on Facebook.

Crews found the wreckage at about 5 p.m. in the eastern part of the county, Eldredge said. The Civil Air Patrol and agencies from Colorado also helped in the search, he said.

The Civil Air Patrol said the plane, a Piper Lance, took off at about 10 a.m. Thursday from the Grand Junction Regional Airport in Colorado and was headed for Albuquerque. It dropped off radar about 30 minutes after takeoff, the air patrol said.

The wreckage was found about 4.6 miles from the Colorado state line in an area about halfway between Monticello and Dove Creek, Colorado, according to the Civil Air Patrol.

A Civil Air Patrol crew from New Mexico assisted in the search, along with authorities from Utah and Colorado, the air patrol said.

Eldredge said the investigation had been turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration. He said the FAA would be releasing more information about the crash as it became available.

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