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Long-Missing Aircraft Found In Lake

Lake Meredith National Recreation Area

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On May 30th, two teenagers canoeing on Lake Meredith discovered the tail section and part of an aircraft fuselage protruding from the water near Harbor Bay. The lake level has fallen significantly over the past few years, which led to the wreckage being revealed. Rangers were notified. They checked the tail number against records and found that the plane was a Beechcraft Skipper 77 that had been reported overdue on January 27, 1984. There were two people onboard the plane at the time. A fisherman found an aircraft wheel floating on the lake the day after the Beechcraft disappeared, but an extensive search of the lake proved fruitless. Rangers secured the area after last week’s discovery and began an investigation. A relative of the plane’s pilot has been notified, as have the NTSB and FAA. Investigators from those agencies and representatives from the manufacturers of both the plane and engine are expected on-site this week to complete the investigation and remove the wreckage.



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