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Bodies of plane crash victims recovered from Great Salt Lake

Adam Fondren, Deseret News

Boats serving to within the seek for an plane that crashed into the Great Salt Lake close to Promontory Point in Box Elder County ultimate month are pictured on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018.

SALT LAKE CITY — The our bodies of two males, reported lacking Dec. 29 when the small plane they have been flying failed to go back to Ogden-Hinckley Airport, have been recovered Saturday from the plane’s wreckage within the Great Salt Lake.

The Box Elder County Sheriff’s Office reported divers started a restoration operation about 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning in about 20 ft of water close to Promontory Point. They have been in a position to get better the our bodies of Denny Mansell, 71, the pilot of the plane, and passenger Peter Ellis, 74, at about 11:30 a.m.

According to experiences, the boys had meant to fly over a re-enactment match on the Golden Spike National Historic Site close to Promontory Summit on Dec. 29. They have been reported lacking after failing to go back on time that afternoon. Air and flooring searches following the document did not find the plane, however groups the use of sonar found out the Cessna 172 within the water at the north finish of the Great Salt Lake ultimate Saturday. Fog and different deficient stipulations at the lake had not on time restoration efforts till this weekend.


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The Box Elder Sheriff’s Office stated stipulations for divers have been just right on Saturday, however the operation used to be “extremely technical” and hampered by way of the placement of the plane, which used to be on its best at the lake ground. Following the restoration of the victims, additional investigation of the crash, and bringing the wreckage up, will fall to the National Transportation Safety Board and the plane’s insurance coverage provider, consistent with the sheriff’s workplace. They additionally reported the victims have been transported to the Utah Medical Examiner’s Office have been autopsies shall be carried out to resolve the boys’s actual purpose of dying.

Multiple companies have been concerned within the effort together with Box Elder Search and Rescue, Utah Department of Public Safety, Civil Air Patrol, Box Elder Communications Center, Utah Division of Natural Resources and Weber County Scuba/Search and Rescue.

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