Federal agencies investigating fatal crash


Two people are deceased after a plane crash near Telluride today, and federal officials are investigating the incident.

A single-engine Beech S35 Bonanza crashed on the side of a mountain three miles south of Telluride at about 1 p.m. today, according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer.

San Miguel County officials said there were no survivors of the crash, and their rescue mission turned to a recovery mission this afternoon. They also said the plane was privately owned. The National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the crash, according to Kenitzer. Black Bear Pass remains closed from Ouray County to San Miguel County at this time, due to the recovery operation.

This is the second plane crash in the region in less than a week, after a crash over the weekend on Grand Mesa, in Delta County, involving another private plane and two people from Wyoming. Tyler Beyer, 35, was flying the Cessna 210B twin seat airplane, which crashed near Ward Lake, according to the Delta County Sheriff's Office. He and his wife, Jessica Beyer, 33, of Barr Nunn, Wyoming, both received serious injuries from the crash, in which the plane caught fire. Both were transported for medical treatment.