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DENVER -- Authorities say all three people killed in a single-engine plane crash near a Colorado ski town's airport were pilots from Arizona.

The San Miguel County sheriff's office released the identities of the three victims late Monday morning as recovery efforts got underway.

Killed were 57-year-old Sherry Anderson and 64-year-old Sherman Anderson, of Phoenix, and 48-year-old Eric Durban, of Mesa, Ariz. The sheriff's office says the Andersons were both commercial pilots, while Durban is described as an accomplished former military pilot.

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 found about a mile west of the airport six hours later after an intense search.

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