Denver • All three people killed in a single-engine plane crash near a Colorado ski town's airport were pilots from Arizona, authorities said.
Killed were Sherry Anderson, 57, and Sherman Anderson, 64, of Phoenix, and Eric Durban, 48, of Mesa, Ariz., the San Miguel County sheriff's office said in a statement Monday.
The Andersons were both commercial pilots, while Durban is described as an accomplished former military pilot, according to the sheriff's office.
The Andersons are survived by a daughter. Durban is survived by his wife and two children.
Sheriff's deputies began recovery operations at 7 a.m. Monday.
The private Beechcraft Bonanza took off from Telluride Regional Airport at 11:20 a.m. Sunday on its way to Cortez, a city in southwest Colorado about 75 miles away, San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters said in a statement. The wreckage was found in a cliff band about a mile west of the airport six hours later after an intense search by deputies and the Civil Air Patrol.