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Officials: Unknown object in Great Salt Lake believed to be plane

(Weber County Sheriff's Search and Rescue)


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PROMONTORY, Box Elder County — Officials discovered what they believe to be a plane in the Great Salt Lake Saturday afternoon.

The unidentified object was located on private property near the Promontory border, according to Box Elder County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Dale Ward.

Divers with the Weber County Sheriff's Search and Rescue team are scheduled to search the lake and identify the object Sunday, Ward said.

On Dec. 29, a Cessna 172 carrying pilot Denny Mansell and passenger Peter Ellis went missing. The men, both in their 70s, had planned to fly near the Promontory Point area and see the winter steam engine festival at the Golden Spike National Historic Site from the air. Several agencies as well as volunteer pilots have searched the area for the plane and the men but have been unsuccessful.

Officials do not know whether the object discovered in the Great Salt Lake is the missing Cessna, Ward said.

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