Object that could be small plane spotted in Great Salt Lake

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) (AP) — UPDATE (1/8): Authorities in northwestern Utah say they've found an object in the Great Salt Lake that could be a small plane that's been missing since late last month.

Image courtesy MGN Online.

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

Salt Lake City TV station KUTV reports that Box Elder County Sheriff's officials spotted an object Saturday that could possibly be an aircraft.

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

Authorities say 71-year-old pilot Denny Mansell and 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.
Information from: KUTV-TV, http://www.kutv.com/

UPDATE (1/2): Authorities say a small airplane may have flown over a steam locomotive festival in northern Utah before it went missing.

Deseret News reports that authorities are asking for help in locating the plane that was due back to the Ogden airport Friday following a short sightseeing trip.

The Box Elder County Sheriff's Office says the pilot Denny Mansell and passenger Peter Ellis took off in a Cessna 172 and intended to fly to the Promontory Point area. They were expected to return about an hour later.

Sheriff Dale Ward says investigators believe the plane may have been spotted from the Winter Steam Festival at the Golden Spike National Historic Site late Friday afternoon.

The tail number of red and white aircraft is N4395R.
Information from: Deseret News, http://www.deseretnews.com

A search is underway in Box Elder County in northwestern Utah for a missing light plane carrying two men.

The county Sheriff's Office says the search for the missing red and white Cessna 172 began Friday night after 71-year-old Denny Mansell and 74-year-old Peter Ellis were reporting missing.

The Sheriff's Office identified Mansell as the pilot and says he and Ellis were on a Friday afternoon flight from the Ogden-Hinckley Airport to the Promontory area to view trains at the Golden Spike Historical Site.
The search includes personnel on the ground and in aircraft.

Participating agencies include the Sheriff's Office, the county search and rescue, the Utah Department of Public Safety and the Civil Air Patrol.

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