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Missing Airplane Found In South-Central Wyoming

Rich Denison, Townsquare Media

UPDATE – 6:10 p.m. RAWLINS, Wyo. (AP) — Searchers found a missing plane and the body of its pilot on a mountainside in south-central Wyoming.

Carbon County Sheriff Jerry Colson identified the pilot of the Cessna 172 as 63-year-old Gordon Davis, who owned an aviation company in Tehachapi, Calif.

The plane was headed for Laramie when it was reported missing Sunday afternoon.

Colson says there were no reports of a distress call transmitted.

He says the plane was found about 11 a.m. Tuesday in a deep canyon about two-thirds up the side of a mountain and about five miles east of Saratoga.

The sheriff says it appears the pilot initially survived the crash and had taken shelter under the aircraft’s wing where his body was found.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

A plane that was reported missing in South-Central Wyoming has been found.

K2 Radio News Director Rich Denison, who is a member of the Civil Air Patrol, reports that searchers have located the plane that was reported missing on Sunday.

Few details are available as far as the exact location and if there were any survivors.

Carbon County Sheriff Jerry Colson says the Cessna 172 was bound for Laramie.

The plane, a Cessna 172, is registered to Mountain Hawk Aviation in California. Its last stop was an airport in Bryce Canyon, Utah and it was bound for Laramie.

Carbon County Sheriff Jerry Colson’s office was notified Sunday, March 3 by the U.S. Air Force that an emergency locating transmission from the plane had been activated in the area of Saratoga.

Colson says there were no reports of a distress call being transmitted.

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