Plane pieces found after explosion near Meeker

MEEKER, Colo. - Searchers have found pieces of a plane after a report of a plane crash on the Western Slope.

Someone called the Rio Blanco County Sheriff's Office Thursday at 6 p.m. and said they heard a plane rev its engine, then they heard an explosion, near Meeker.

Air traffic controllers at the Denver Center Traffic Control said a plane disappeared from radar and gave deputies the coordinates.

Searchers found a plane's wing, part of a propeller and a tire, but no victims.

The search will continue Friday morning.

The missing plane was reported to be a Bonaza 35 single engine aircraft with room for four to six people. There's no word how many people were on board.

The aircraft was flying from Salt Lake City to Granby, Colorado.

The search area is a half mile in size, about 15 miles west of Meeker.


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