Three Arizona pilots killed in Colorado plane crash

By Kyle Johnson,

A single-engine plane crash happened on Sunday in Telluride, Colo. and claimed the lives of the three people on board, all experienced pilots.

According to Azcentral, the three, Eric Durbin, Sherry and Sherman Anderson, were all from Arizona. Durbin was from Mesa and the Andersons from Ahwatukee.

The plane was headed to Cortez, but only made it as far as a mile away from the Telluride airport, where it crashed into a cliff. When air-traffic control couldn't raise the plane, San Miguel County Sheriff's Deputies were sent out to search the area for the plane.

According to ABC 7 News, all three were experienced with Durban being a former military pilot and the Andersons were commercial airline pilots.

Sheriff Bill Masters said of the recovery efforts, "It's a technical process, and given the precarious position of the aircraft, it will take some time."

The Anderson family released a statement noting that everyone was mourning their loss and the two pilots had always "shared a deep love for aviation."

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