Expert claims to have found the plane that’s been lost for 53 years in a lake

  • The plane has been missing since 1971
  • It was thought to have crashed into Lake Champlain
  • The plane had five people on board in the end

Published on May 31, 2024 at 4:31 PM (UTC+4)
by Nalin Rawat

Last updated on Jun 03, 2024 at 8:12 AM (UTC+4)
Edited by Tom Wood

A long-lost plane that has been missing for over 53 years may have been finally found.

An undersea investigator says he’s found the wreckage of a long-lost plane missing since 1971.

The private jet was thought to have crashed into Lake Champlain with five people on board.

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The wreck of the long-lost plane was never found despite search attempts by police and private citizens.

However, Garry Kozak, who has also found other wrecks beneath the ocean floor, claims that he has found the plane.

They found the site by referencing data from a 2014 search.

Through this data, they identified a possible crash site.

After that, he and a colleague used a side scan sonar system on the location.

“We went back out a week ago and took a very high-resolution sonar, and there was no doubt we had a crash site,” said Kozak.

He and his team analyzed data from all the way back in 1997.

Ultimately, they found a debris field consistent with the wreckage of a small plane crash.

Previously, experts have also found traces of Amelia Earhart’s long-lost plane.

However, it is hard to confirm the plane’s identity when it’s so deep underwater.

And that’s the same case here, albeit with a silver lining. The experts also used a remote submersible vehicle on the site.

Through the remote vehicle, they identified the wreckage of a plane with the same paint scheme as N400CP.

The undersea search expert says he’s 99% sure he and a colleague have found the long-lost plane that crashed more than 50 years ago.

However, they can’t be certain as they don’t have the number of the submerged jet.

“How many corporate jets have crashed in Lake Champlain? This is the only one I know,” he said.

How many planes have crashed that had a custom paint job, which was black-red-black striping, on the side of the aircraft?” he said in a statement.

Let’s hope that with this, the five-decade-long mystery is finally laid to rest and the families of the five missing people find closure.


Nalin Rawat

Nalin started his career by working with various national newspapers in India. He has also worked as a writer/editor for many popular websites, while still pursuing his journalism and mass communication degree. Working as a digital nomad has allowed him to inform and educate through his work. When he is not writing, you can find him playing video games or travelling the mountains on his bike.