Wreckage of 1964 plane crash found in Argentina

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  • Saturday, 09 Apr 2016

epa05250601 A handout picture provided by Julian Bochatey, a member of the Sarmiento Aeroclub, on 09 April 2016, shows Omar Oporto, the local who found the wreckage of a small Piper Apache Twin Engine plane which crashed into the Colhue Huapi lake in 1964, in Sarmiento, Patagonia region, in Argentina. Local people in Sarmiento, Chubut Province, found the wreckage of the plane at a site which used to be covered by water but became now accessible due to the strong evaporation of the lake. EPA/JULIAN BOCHATEY / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY

BUENOS AIRES: The wreckage of a small plane that crashed into a lake in southern Argentina’s Patagonia region in 1964 has been found, media reports said Friday.

All four people on board the plane -- the pilot and three engineers from the Pan American Argentina Oil Company -- were killed when it crashed into the Colhue Huapi lake on October 19, 1964.

Emergency workers managed to pull the victims’ bodies from the wreckage at the time, but never recovered the plane, a Piper Apache Twin Engine, which sank into the lake.

Now, more than 50 years later, a local has found the wreckage after spotting a wing poking out of the ground in an area where the shallow and shrinking lake has evaporated.

The rest of the plane was buried in the ground.

The Colhue Huapi lake has been retreating for decades, steadily evaporating for various reasons including lack of rain and pressures on the local water supply.

The wreckage had eluded an exhaustive search from the air and water by Pan American Argentina in 1964 and another attempt to find it in 1980, local resident Julian Bochatey told newspaper Cronica.

Bochatey, who helped dig out the plane, said locals matched its registration number with that of the missing flight and informed aviation authorities. -AFP

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