Tue, May 24, 2005
Envirocare Steps Up With $3 Million To Raise Cessna 177B
It was some eight years ago a Scenic Airlines Cessna 177B made a
tricky water landing on Utah's Lake Powell. The operator and the
three German tourists were able to get out safely and were picked
up by a passing boat, but the aircraft sank to the bottom, as deep
as 180 feet below.
Now, thanks to a $3 million donation from a company called
Envirocare, and help from an advocacy group called Friends of Lake
Powell, the wreckage of the aircraft will be the object of an
intensive underwater search.
The search will be conducted by Jim Cross, who leads
International Search and Recovery. The company, based in Salt Lake
City, UT, specializes in finding hard-to-locate sunken objects. Not
only will Cross try to bring up the Cardinal, but will also try to
bring up a couple of refrigerators and about 40 boats.
"Our hope is that he can go find it [the Cardinal, file photo of
type below], and then go down and rig it," Steve Ward, chairman of
Friends of Lake Powell, told the Arizona Daily Sun. "He'll have to
bring it up very slowly and carefully because of the National
Transportation Safety Board demands for it to be brought up upright
so they can do their investigation. It's a long process."
Cross hopes to succeed where divers have failed in locating the
wreck of the Cardinal. Rather than depending on the ol' Mark I
eyeballs, he'll use a side-scanning sonar to pinpoint the wreckage.
Only after he's sure of what he's found will he dive on it.
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