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McGinnis, crashed plane found

Posted: Monday, Nov 26th, 2012

BONDURANT – A week after a Cessna 182 airplane piloted by Myles McGinnis, 63, of La Barge, was reported missing, searchers found the crash in the Upper Hoback’s primary search area.

Sublette County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Steve Smith declined to give a specific location other than it was near the Sublette County/ Lincoln County line and 1.6 miles from last radar contact, which was noted around 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 17 as being near the Grizzly/Cascade Creek area of the very rugged and remote Upper Hoback River terrain.

Around 11:40 a.m. Saturday, after a week of air and ground searches in windy and blustery weather with heavy snowfall at times, the weather cleared and warmed sufficiently that Tip Top Search and Rescue members spotted the downed airplane from a helicopter and then hiked to the site, Smith said.

McGinnis, the only occupant, did not survive the crash; search-and-rescue members and deputies returned Sunday to recover his body.

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash, which occurred after McGinnis left Stevensville, Mont., Saturday morning and was expected to return to Pinedale around 2:30 p.m.

The search was a joint effort by TTSAR, Teton County SAR, all divisions of Lincoln County SAR, the Civil Air Patrol, Classic Helicopters and local pilots.

For the complete article see the 11-27-2012 issue.

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