Search for missing plane ends

Officials: Wreckage in lake is that of Piper Cherokee


— The May 29 journey of four Reno, Nev., men to Denver in a single-engine plane for a hockey game ended in the frigid waters of a remote lake in northwestern Colorado, authorities have now confirmed.

On Monday, authorities continued recovery efforts of a Piper Cherokee PA-28 found in Marvine Lake in the White River National Forest Saturday night.

According to information from the National Transportation Safety Board, the blue and white plane with the victims inside was not expected to be raised out of the water on Monday.

The plane was carrying Richard "Dan" Filippe, Ross Jones and brothers Jon and Mark Peters. The men were on their way to Jefferson County Airport in Denver. They were planning to attend Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals.

The plane departed from Reno at about 7 a.m. and stopped in Meeker to refuel. An 11-day search for the plane concluded Saturday night.

The plane was found about 7:30 p.m. in 46 feet of water in the middle of the lake.

As of Monday evening, "multiple victims" were found in the plane, but none has been identified.

To search for the plane in the water, a high-elevation dive team from Summit County went to the lake, which is 30 miles east of Meeker. Authorities also used an underwater camera to search for the plane in the murky, mossy water.

Authorities converged on the lake June 5 after a fisherman found debris in the lake a day earlier. The lake is at an elevation of about 9,300 feet in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area.

The search of the lake was in its fifth day when the plane was discovered.

Authorities focused on the lake when they confirmed a wheel fender found in the water belonged to the plane. A T-shirt found in the water also was identified by a family member as belonging to the men.

The search and recovery of the aircraft and the men is a joint effort between the Rio Blanco Sheriff's Office, the NTSB, U.S. Forest Service, Army National Guard and Federal Aviation Administration.

The Colorado Civil Air Patrol conducted a six-day search between May 30 and June 4. It suspended its search when it was notified of the fisherman's discovery.

Jones and the Peters brothers worked as bartenders at Lucke's Saloon in Reno. Filippe was a close friend who was piloting the plane.


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