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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Four people were found dead near the Colorado-Utah border this morning after a small plane that crashed in the mountains Thursday night was located.
The names of the deceased have not been released pending notification of family.
Sue Redd, dispatcher at the San Juan County Sheriff's Department, said the plane was found by a local person at about ten a.m. Saturday morning. Authorities couldn't land a helicopter in the rugged terrain and are hiking into the snow-covered La Sal mountains, near the small town of La Sal, about 30 miles southeast of Moab.
Authorities don't know what caused the crash.
The private four-seater plane departed from Longmont, Colorado, en route to Las Vegas Thursday afternoon.
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