By: Robert Garrison

TELLURIDE, Colo. — Crews were attempting to recover two bodies from the scene of a private plane crash near Telluride Monday.

The San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office tweeted around 5 p.m. that rescue operations were underway after a report of a downed private aircraft east of the mountain town. Black Bear Pass was closed for the rescue efforts.

Moments later, the sheriff’s office tweeted the rescue operation has turned into a recovery operation for two deceased victims of a private aircraft accident.

The sheriff’s office reported later in the evening that the recovery operation was successful, and the victims’ bodies were removed from the crash scene.

Flight information regarding the downed plane is not known at this time.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have been notified of the incident, the sheriff’s office said.