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They were on vacation en route to Moab, Utah when they crashed on a slope at the ski resort 55 miles west of Denver.

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GEORGETOWN, Colo. -- Three people who died in a small plane crash at the Loveland Ski Area in Colorado were a family from Ohio.

The Clear Creek Sheriff's Office identified the victims Tuesday as 43-year-old James Kerker, 39-year-old Amy Kerker, and 6-year-old Lucas Kerker, of Raymond, Ohio.

They were on vacation en route to Moab, Utah when they crashed on a slope at the ski resort 55 miles west of Denver.

Witnesses say the plane was headed toward the Continental Divide and attempted to turn around when it appeared it didn't have enough power to clear the wall of mountains.

The plane then crashed near a ski lift. A National Transportation Safety Board spokesman says investigators are gathering information to determine what caused the crash

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