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Plane spotted in Am.F. canyon

Snow hampers searchers in their rescue efforts

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AMERICAN FORK — Working around heavy snowfall from Monday's storm and the threat of avalanche, Utah County Search and Rescue workers continued efforts to reach the site of a downed aircraft in American Fork Canyon.

Sheriff's dispatchers said late Tuesday morning that wreckage had been spotted but were unable to give a specific location or whether there was any signs of life. Crews had not reached the site at press time.

The Utah County Sheriff's Office was contacted early Monday afternoon by the Utah Wing of the Civil Air Patrol after a plane was reported overdue to its destination at Deer Valley Airport near Phoenix, Ariz. The light plane took off from Municipal Airport No. 2 in West Jordan shortly after 8 a.m. It was believed that only one person was on board.

Rescue teams detected an emergency locating transmitter signal in the area of Timpanogos Cave Monday afternoon.

A sheriff rescue aircraft and a helicopter from Life Flight, along with 60 people, began a search for the downed plane, but were hampered by the weather and insufficient daylight.

Utah County Sheriff's spokesman Eldon Packer said teams began working from a command center in the parking lot area of Timpanogos Cave at first light.

Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Dennis Harris said extreme avalanche danger in the area has precluded ground search teams from going into the area until the signal source could be confirmed.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the missing plane is registered to an Oregon owner and is a single-engine Beech aircraft.

Contributing: Associated Press

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