Will Require Special Equipment To Raise
The submerged wreckage of a rented Diamond Star DA-40 that went
down in Arizona's Lake Pleasant last month has been located. Using
a special underwater camera, searchers located the wreckage Tuesday
in more than 120 feet of water, according to the Arizona
Deputy Doug Matteson, a spokesman for the Maricopa County
Sheriff's Office said special equipment will have to be brought in
"It's not an easy project," Matteson said. "We need trained
professionals down there to raise the aircraft."
As ANN reported, the FAA
says the pilot, Clayton Lynn Whitney Jr, was talking on a cell
phone to a friend below him in a boat while flying only 10 feet
above the water.
The pilot reportedly buzzed the friend in the boat, FAA
spokesman Ian Gregor said, before his plane crashed in the lake.
Both Whitney and his passenger, Tim Marshall, were lost in the
So he could identify the correct craft, Whitney evidently asked
his friend in the boat to shine a flashlight into the air, reported
the Associated Press. The plane then crashed into the lake right in
front of the friend, Gregor said.
"He saw the aircraft making a very sharp bank over the top of
him and he said the right wingtip hit the water," Gregor added. FAA
regulations require that a fixed-wing aircraft be at least 500 feet
above the water if there are boats present.
The plane broke up on impact with the water.
According to Matteson, the tail section had been located the day
The friend in the boat, Eric Werner, 46, of Phoenix, told
investigators Whitney said he was going to fly over the lake and
wanted him to take a picture.