Authorities say the three people killed in a single-engine plane crash near a Colorado ski town's airport Sunday were pilots from Arizona.
The San Miguel County Sheriff's Office said the victims were 57-year-old Sherry Anderson and 64-year-old Sherman Anderson, both of Phoenix, and 48-year-old Eric Durban of Mesa.
The Andersons were both commercial pilots, while Durban is described as an accomplished former military pilot, the sheriff's office said.
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.
The plane was discovered about a mile west of the airport six hours later after an intense search, authorities said. No one on board survived.
Family of Sherman and Sherry Anderson released this statement:
"The family and many friends of Sherman and Sherry Anderson mourn the loss of two wonderful people, parents, and friends. Sherman and Sherry shared a deep love for aviation. It was what brought them together, was their vocation, and shared passion. They lived life to the fullest and brought joy, lots of laughter, and tremendous love to all they came in contact with. Sherman and Sherry will be missed dearly. We humbly ask others to respect the privacy of the family as they cope with this tragic loss."
Sherman Anderson worked for US Airways and Sherry worked for United Airlines.
The plane is registered to the Arizona Cloudbusters Flying Club located at Stellar Airpark (P19) in Chandler.
The club released the following statement Monday:
"The members of the Arizona Cloudbusters Flying Club are mourning the loss of three of our dear friends and fellow club members. We extend our most sincere condolences to the families of the victims of this tragic accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with these families at this time."
"Our club is fully cooperating with the NTSB, the FAA, and local authorities in Colorado to aid in the investigation to determine what led to the accident."
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