Mesa County authorities searching for possible downed plane

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating multiple reports of a possible plane crash east of Grand Junction.

According to the sheriff’s office, Denver Aircraft Traffic Control lost communication and radar contact with a Beechcraft Baron twin-engine aircraft around Castle Peak, which is north of Jerry Creek Reservoirs in Mesa County.

At 11:19 a.m., authorities in a searching helicopter spotted a plane on the ground near the reservoirs. The sheriff’s office said it is in a remote are.

The plane took off from Blake Field in Delta County Monday morning and was en route to Rock Springs, Wyoming.

The sheriff’s office and the Plateau Valley Fire Department are now searching the area.

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