5 victims of Colorado crash recovered, identified

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Associated Press

Posted on March 27, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 27 at 7:33 PM

RIDGWAY, Colo. (AP) — Authorities have recovered the bodies of five people from Alabama who were killed when a single-engine plane crashed into a southwestern Colorado reservoir.

The victims and the wreckage of the plane were recovered from the reservoir Thursday.

Ouray (yoo-RAY') County officials identified the dead as 48-year-old Jimmy Hill, 30-year-old Katrina Barksdale, Barksdale's sons, 11-year-old Kobe and 8-year-old Xander (ZAN'-der), and Barksdale's 14-year-old nephew, Seth McDuffie.

All were from Gadsden, Ala., where the flight originated.

The single-engine plane crashed Saturday on a flight bound for Montrose, about 25 miles north of the reservoir. Federal aviation investigators are looking for the cause.

The wreckage was upside down and partially buried in silt under about 60 feet of water.

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