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The Latest: Plane crashed shortly after takeoff, killing 4

February 24, 2018

DOVE CREEK, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on a fatal plane crash in southeast Utah (all times local):

9:50 p.m.

Investigators say a plane that crashed in southeast Utah, killing all four people on board, went down half an hour after it took off from a western Colorado airport.

Jen Knellinger, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Wing Civil Air Patrol, says search crews found the wreckage of the Piper Lance on Friday evening in an area rutted with canyons and covered in up to a foot (0.3 meters) of snow. She initially said the plane crashed near Dolores, Colorado, but the Civil Air Patrol said Friday night that it went down across the Utah border near Monticello.

The plane, which is registered in Alberta, Canada, fell off the radar Thursday morning after leaving the Grand Junction Regional Airport on its way to Albuquerque. Knellinger says the area is beautiful to fly through but is dangerous when it’s snowing.

The victims’ names have not been released.

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5:40 p.m.

Authorities say four people were killed in a small plane crash in southwest Colorado.

Jen Knellinger, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Wing Civil Air Patrol, says search crews found the wreckage of the Piper Lance near Dolores on Friday evening. She says the plane crashed in an area rutted with canyons and covered in up to a foot (0.3 meters) of snow.

The plane, which is registered in Alberta, Canada, fell off the radar Thursday morning after leaving the Grand Junction Regional Airport on its way to Albuquerque. Knellinger says the area is beautiful to fly through but is dangerous when it’s snowing.

The victims’ names have not been released. No one else was on board.

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4:40 p.m.

Crews are looking for a small plane that went missing after taking off in western Colorado with four Canadian men on board.

The Piper Lance fell off the radar Thursday morning after leaving the Grand Junction Regional Airport on its way to Albuquerque. The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports the Civil Air Patrol is searching an area about 100 miles (161 kilometers) southwest of the city.

Lt. Col. John Henderson with the Civil Air Patrol’s National Radar Analysis Team says searchers have located the suspected radar track, which corresponds with electronic locator transmitter reports.

The plane is registered in Alberta, Canada.

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