Dive Crews To Search Great Salt Lake For Missing Plane

Jan 10, 2018

Authorities in northwestern Utah are preparing for a dive into the Great Salt Lake this weekend. They say they've found an object in the lake that could be a small plane that's been missing since late last month.

Diving crews are expected to search the Great Salt Lake for a small plane and two passengers missing since December.
Credit utah.com

A Cessna with two people aboard didn't return to the Ogden airport after a short sightseeing trip on Dec. 29.

Box Elder County Sheriff's officials spotted an object Saturday that could possibly be an aircraft. Winter storms have hampered the search.

A sheriff's scuba team and Weber County Sheriff's personnel plan to take a closer look at the object sometime this weekend, depending on weather conditions.

Authorities say 71-year-old pilot Denny Mansell and former USU professor and Logan resident 74-year-old passenger Peter Ellis intended to fly to the Promontory Point area.

The Cessna 172 may have flown over a steam locomotive festival in northern Utah before it went missing.