the republic logo

Search crews find missing single-engine plane in southwest Colorado; 2 dead


PAGOSA SPRINGS, Colorado — Authorities say a missing single-engine plane with two people aboard has been found in southwest Colorado with no survivors.

Archuleta County Sheriff Rich Valdez tells the Pagosa Springs Sun ( ) the aircraft was found in the southern part of the county near the New Mexico border at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. Killed were 55-year-old Howard Guthrie and 42-year-old Melissa Watson, both of Albuquerque

The plane left Moriarity, New Mexico, on Friday bound for Pagosa Springs, but had to turn around before landing because of bad weather.

Authorities didn't say who was piloting the Mooney M-20C. Federal Aviation Administration records list Guthrie as the owner.

Three aircraft and three ground teams searched the area Tuesday, while a state police plane searched in New Mexico. A search crew on the ground found the plane.

Information from: The Pagosa Springs Sun,

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

Story copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.

We also have more stories about:
(click the phrases to see a list)


Follow The Republic:

All content copyright ©2014 The Republic, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.