Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Mike Fergus confirmed the deaths Sunday. No names have been released.
The Socata TB-21 crashed at about 3 p.m. Saturday. Local officials say the crash was about 1½ miles from Silverton.
Fergus says the debris field covered more than a mile.
A San Juan County official says the body of one victim was being removed from the site Sunday. It was unclear how long recovery work would continue because weather was worsening.
Weather cut the search short on Saturday. Silverton temperatures dipped to 4 degrees overnight, and up to 10 inches of snow fell at the scene.
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