Officials searching for missing aircraft in Box Elder County

Officials searching for missing aircraft in Box Elder County (Photo: USAF)

(KUTV)- Search and Rescue teams in Box Elder are currently searching in the area of the Great Salt Lake for a possible downed aircraft Saturday afternoon.

According to dispatch, searchers are looking in the area known as the Spiral Jetty which is along the border of the Great Salt Lake for a missing is a Cessna 172, Red and White in color, N4395R.

Officials believe the plane is occupied by two people; pilot Denny Mansell, 71, and passenger Peter Ellis, 74.

According to family, they left Ogden Hinckley Airport about 3:30 PM on Friday with plans to fly to the Promontory area and view the trains at the Golden Spike Historical Site from the air then return to Ogden about 4:30 PM.

Box Elder dispatch was alerted about the overdue aircraft around 9:20 PM and requested a check of the local airports.

According to a press release, a search involving Deputies and the DPS helicopter went through Friday night into early Saturday focusing on the Promontory area of Box Elder County. The search efforts will be suspended at dark Saturday evening and will resume again Sunday morning.

2News is looking into the search and rescue and will continue to update with more information.

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