Officials recover bodies from missing aircraft

Plane went missing on December 29

BOX ELDER COUNTY (News4Utah) - Officials with Box Elder County have confirmed that search and rescue teams have recovered the bodies of two people whose plane went down in the Great Salt Lake.

In a press release, officials state the bodies of 71 year old Denny Mansell and 74 year old Peter Ellis were removed and recovered from the plane at 11:30 a.m Saturday.

The plane had gone missing on December 29 after the two men were taking a flight over the Winter Steam Festival at Promontory Point. The pair were supposed to return to Ogden-Hinckley Airport later that afternoon but never arrived.

It was last weekend when officials confirmed it was a plane that was found in the water that matches the same type of plane that was missing, a Cessna 172. Previous recovery efforts were halted last weekend due to weather and equipment issues.

This is a developing story. ABC 4 will have more information as it becomes available.


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