Police say airplane, two men missing in Box Elder County

Saturday , December 30, 2017 - 4:58 PM2 comments

JACOB SCHOLL, Standard-Examiner Staff

BOX ELDER COUNTY — Multiple state and local agencies are searching for a missing aircraft in Box Elder County. 

Police say a Cessna 172 airplane carrying two men — pilot Denny Mansell, 71, and passenger Peter Ellis, 74 — is missing, according to a press release from the Box Elder County Sheriff’s Office.

The release says the two men left the Ogden-Hinckley Airport around 3:30 p.m. Friday to fly to the Promontory area to watch the trains at the Golden Spike Historical Site. 

The two planned to return around 4:30 p.m. the same day, but they have not been seen since, the release says. 

The search for the missing men began Friday night with sheriff’s deputies searching at ground-level and a helicopter from the Utah Department of Public Safety searching from the skies, the release says. 

Authorities were still actively searching for the men as of Saturday evening, the release says. The search efforts will be called off temporarily when the sun goes down and will resume just after sunrise on Sunday, the release says. 

The Box Elder County Sheriff’s Office, Box Elder Search and Rescue, the Utah Department of Public Safety, Civil Air Patrol and the Box Elder Communications Center are all helping conduct the search, the release says.

This is an ongoing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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