Thursday, October 02, 2014

Searchers find nothing of reported downed plane in Utah County

Provo police, Utah County sheriff’s deputies and search and rescue workers were dispatched to scour the area of Cascade Mountain Thursday morning to investigate a report of a possible plane crash.

However, Sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Cannon said that it appeared the report — a 911 call from a citizen who spotted an aircraft and then possible smoke soon after — was mistaken.

As of 10:30 a.m., no trace of wreckage of a plane had been found by search planes and ground crews in the Rock Canyon area, just to the east of Provo. Soon thereafter, the search was officially suspended.

Cannon said that deputies had accounted for planes known to be in the area at the time of the call.

He said it was not uncommon for reports to come in of an aircraft in trouble, only for authorities to learn later what was thought to be a fire or crash was actually misinterpreted morning sun glare and clouds.

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