Small plane crashes in Colorado ski area; 2 killed

Smoke rising from a small plane that crashed on the slopes of Loveland Ski Valley on June 30, 2014. https://twitter.com/CBSDenver

A small plane crashed on Loveland Pass in Colorado and killed two people Monday, CBS station KCNC reported.

The single-engine plane crashed and burst into flames Monday morning, setting off a small wildfire that was quickly contained.

The Loveland Ski Area is about 55 miles west of Denver.

Capt. Randy Long of the Clear Creek County Sheriff's Office says a witness said the plane was trying to cross the Continental Divide and tried to turn around when it appeared it didn't have enough power to clear the mountains. It then crashed near a ski lift.

The plane's identification numbers were destroyed in the fire and authorities don't have any details yet about where it was headed.

A Colorado Department of Transportation camera showed smoke from the crash, which happened on the east side of pass, not far from Interstate 70.

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