Plane found, 2 still missing after crash in New Orleans lake

Cheryl Sanders
August 30, 2016

Authorities continued to search Sunday for two people missing after a small plane they were in crashed in Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana on Saturday night.

Search crews have found wreckage from a plane that went down Saturday evening in Lake Pontchartrain.

Police Department spokeswoman Dawne Massey says the wreckage was found Sunday morning. The retrieval of the plane is scheduled to begin early Monday morning.

Holmes also said that once the plane is pulled from Lake Pontchartrain it should yield more information on the missing pilot and passenger.

A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, which is assisting in the investigation, said it could take anywhere from a few months to a year before an investigation wraps up.

He says a professional diver helped find the wreckage Sunday afternoon, about 1,000 feet west of the runway it was heading for when it crashed around 9 p.m. Friday. Her condition was not available Sunday.

Responding to the good Samaritan's emergency call, the Coast Guard sent two rescue boats and a helicopter to the scene near the Sen.

First reports from the New Orleans Fire Department said the plane was on a training exercise but Morris and the Coast Guard said Monday it was on a tour.

A Coast Guard news release says state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents are using a boat with side-scan sonar to look for debris.

"If the pilot was having engine problems or something, he could've very easily just clicked on the mic and done a mayday but apparently that didn't occur", Morris said.

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