Missing plane found in Lake Erie off Dunkirk, NY; Texas Equusearch involved in Search & Recovery


New York State police divers located two of three victims and the wreckage of a missing Piper aircraft that crashed into Lake Erie near Dunkirk, NY in late August. The plane was located in about 80 feet of water.

After nearly six weeks of searching the lake bottom, police, U.S. Coast Guard officials and a Texas-based nonprofit search organization (Texas Equusearch) pinpointed the site where the plane came to rest. The divers found the wreckage at about 1 p.m., police said.

“We found a significant portion of the fuselage. It had the tail number on it,” said Sgt. Alvaro Garcia, a State Police diver from Albany. “We came across a victim on the first dive, and we knew what we had.”


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