Workers found a plane at the bottom of a California lake, potentially solving a 56-year-old mystery
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A plane that crashed in 1965 and was never found may have been in a California lake.
Workers testing underwater survey equipment found a plane in Folsom Lake, CNN reported.
The plane's propellers and tail are the same as those of the plane that crashed 56 years ago.
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The wreckage of a small plane was found deep underwater in a California lake while workers were testing survey equipment, CNN reported.
The wreck in Folsom Lake, California, could likely be the remains of a plane that crashed in 1965, possibly solving a 56-year-old mystery.
Jeff Riley, an environmental technician at Seafloor Systems, a surveying company that specializes in mapping marine areas, told CNN that the plane could be seen about 160 feet below the surface in solar photography, covered in a thick layer of mud.
KCRA reported that a remote camera was sent down and took photos of the aircraft's tail and propellers and that the aircraft appeared to be mostly intact.
Seafloor Systems was unable to specifically identify the aircraft, but one plane crashed around the lake on New Years Day 56 years ago and was never recovered, KCRA reported.
Riley told CNN that the images of the propeller and tail matched those of the plane. The bodies of three people on that flight were never recovered.
Data from a survey boat suggested something might be this deep underwater as the lake's water level is low due to the drought season, CNN reported.
The plane, which carried four people, including a pilot, Ford Marshall, 50; his brother James Marshall, 51; Helen Gotcher; and Glen Emick, a 15-year-old local high school football player, crashed another aircraft after an air collision at 3,000 feet, the Sacramento Bee reported.
The bee reported that an eyewitness said the plane "fell like a stone".
The pilot's body was recovered, but none of the other three passengers. The other plane was damaged but remained in the air until it could safely land at what is now Sacramento Executive Airport, the Bee reported.
Authorities tried to search for the plane back in 2014 but were unsuccessful, KCRA reported.
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