This photo provided by the Ouray County Plaindealer shows rescue personnel examining the tail second of a plane on Saturday, March 22, 2014 after it was recovered from the Ridgeway Reservoir south of Montrose. Colo. The plane believed to be carrying five people crashed into a reservoir in southwestern Colorado and authorities say all are feared dead. Divers are to be used Sunday to search for victims and to recover the rest of the plane. (AP Photo/Ouray County Plaindealer, Patrick Moore) MANDATORY CREDIT

Team brought in to remove Colorado plane wreckage

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RIDGWAY, Colo. (AP) -- A salvage team is being brought in to pull the wreckage of a single-engine plane from a southwestern Colorado reservoir.

The team is scheduled to arrive by Wednesday and start recovery work Thursday at Ridgway Reservoir, where the plane from Alabama crashed on Saturday.

Divers confirmed Monday the bodies of all five victims are still inside the wreckage of the Socata TBM700, which is upside down and partially buried in silt under about 60 feet of water. Authorities say the wreckage must be pulled to shore before they can safely remove the bodies.

Authorities haven't released the victims' identities but said the flight originated in Gadsden, Ala., and was flying to Montrose, about 25 miles north of the reservoir.

Witnesses say they heard the plane's engine struggling before the crash.

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