GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- UPDATE: Shortly after 5 p.m. Friday Civil Air Patrol confirmed to KKCO the plane was found, and there were no survivors.
UPDATE: Civil Air Patrol search and rescue teams are looking for the plane in the area of Dove Creek, near the Colorado, Utah border.
Crews are using a signal from the plane’s emergency beacon to triangulate its location, but rough canyon terrain and snow in the area are making it difficult, according to the Civil Air Patrol.
Original Story: A plane that left the Grand Junction Regional Airport on Thursday went missing from radar soon after takeoff.
Pilot Bill Kaupp of Alberta, Canada and three others were on the plane when it left GJT, according to his son Jon Kaupp, who spoke to KKCO over the phone.
According to a news release from the Civil Air Patrol, the single-engine Piper Lance was headed for Albuquerque, New Mexico. Aircrews searching for the plane were forced to turn back Friday because of snow, according to the mission incident commander in New Mexico, Lt. Col. Jon Hitchcock.
So, according to Civil Air Patrol, a ground team from Montrose was sent to the search area 130 miles southwest of Grand Junction.
We’ll have more on this story as information becomes available.