TELLURIDE, Colo. - Three Arizona pilots who died in a plane crash in Colorado Sunday night have been identified.
The victims are Sherry Anderson, 57, and Sherman Anderson, 64, both from Phoenix, and Eric Durban, 48, from Mesa, according to the San Miguel County Sheriff's Office.
The Andersons leave behind a daughter. Both were commercial airline pilots.
Durban is survived by his wife, Angela, and two children. Durban was also reported as an accomplished former military pilot.
The Beechcraft Bonanza disappeared shortly after takeoff from the Telluride Airport Sunday morning.
The plane took off from the airport at 11:20 a.m. in light snow, with 1-mile visibility and calm winds. It was headed for Cortez, Colo.
Deputies searching in a contracted helicopter located the aircraft at approximately 5:17 p.m. It had crashed into a cliff band one mile from the runway where it departed. Units were immediately dispatched to the scene where it was confirmed there were no survivors.
Search and rescue personnel began recovery operations Monday morning.
“It’s a technical process, and given the precarious position of the aircraft, it will take some time,” Sheriff Bill Masters said.
Nearly a dozen highly trained personnel, with the assistance of a contracted helicopter, expect to complete recovery operations by early afternoon, the sheriff's office said.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating the crash.