Officials searching for downed aircraft in Box Elder County

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BOX ELDER COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Officials from the Box Elder County Sheriffs Office, Utah Department of Public Safety and the Civil Air Patrol are looking for an aircraft that went missing near the Great Salt Lake on Friday night.

The searchers are covering an area known as the Spiral Jetty which is along the boarder of the Great Salt Lake in Box Elder County.

According to Chief Deputy Dale Ward, the crews are searching for a red and white Cessna 172 with tail number N4395R. The aircraft has two occupants on board: Denny Mansell, age 71, and Peter Ellis, age 74.

Crews started searching the area Friday night after dispatchers were contacted advising of an overdue aircraft shortly before 9:30 p.m. Crews expanded their search into the Great Salt Lake on Sunday.

The family is now asking for the public’s help. They are requesting that anyone that was at the Steam Festival on Friday and has evidence the plane was in the area, such as photographs, they are asked to e-mail this address: The plane was most likely in the area between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. 

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