Airplane debris discovered in California lake not from doomed 1965 crash: Sheriff

Airplane debris discovered in California lake not from doomed 1965 crash: Sheriff

6/17/2021 1:59:00 AM

The wreckage of a small airplane researchers for a sonar company recently discovered on the floor of a Northern California lake is not the remnants of aircraft that crashed in 1965, killing four people, authorities say.

Airplane debris discovered in California lake not from doomed 1965 crash: Sheriff

Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images, FILEThewreckage of a small airplaneresearchers for a sonar company recently discovered on the floor of a Northern California lake is not the remnants of aircraft that crashed in 1965, killing four people, authorities said on Wednesday.

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The Placer County Sheriff's Office said an in-depth search of the wreckage in Folsom Lake northeast of Sacramento determined the plane is one from a 1986 crash and that no fatalities occurred in the incident."For now, the plane will remain at the bottom of the lake," the sheriff's office said in a statement Wednesday.

Researchers from Seafloor Systems, an underwater surveying company, were testing a new sonar device at Folsom Lake last week and picked up what appeared to be the debris of a small plane they initially suspected was a Piper Comanche 250 that crashed on New Year's Day in 1965, killing all four people aboard. The bodies of three of the people who perished in the crash were never recovered. headtopics.com

Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images, FILEA paddle boarder paddles at Folsom Lake Marina as the lake experiences lower water levels during the California drought emergency, May 27, 2021, in El Dorado Hills, California.While the fuselage, engine, propeller, right-wing and tail were visible in the sonar images sent to the surface by the company's small remote-operated underwater vessel, or ROV, the researchers could not make out the aircraft's tail number or see inside the cockpit.

The discovery prompted the Placer County Sheriff's Office to conduct an investigation. Read more: ABC News »

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