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Two men are dead after a small plane went down east of Aspen on Saturday.

According to a release from the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office, dispatchers received a call just before 10:30 a.m. Sunday from someone reporting that her friend had left the Aspen Pitkin County airport Saturday afternoon and had not arrived in Des Moines as scheduled.

She said she had been able to track the flight path of her friend's plane and saw that the path ended about 30 miles east of Aspen, according to the release.

The bodies of Ruben Cohen and David Zara were found in a Beechcraft Bonanza in the Midway Pass area after a search, the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office said, according to an Associated Press story.

The sheriff's office said one of their deputies investigated the report with help from the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and a plane from the state's Division of Fire Prevention Control, which led to the identification of a search area near Midway Pass. That's about nine miles east of Aspen, near the Continental Divide.


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