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FAA: Plane crash report in Utah or Wyoming a hoax

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LOGAN — Authorities have been unable to confirm that a single-engine plane crashed Wednesday in Utah or Wyoming, and the Federal Aviation Administration says the report from a supposed pilot appears to be a hoax.

Sheriff's deputies in Unita County, Wyo., said they weren't ready to call it that. But they can't find a downed plane and called off a search late Wednesday.

Sheriff's Lt. Tom Saprony said a man who said he was a pilot flying to Evanston, Wyo., from California told authorities by cell phone Wednesday afternoon he crashed on a frozen waterway — possibly Utah's Bear Lake.

Utah Parks spokeswoman Deena Loyola said no part of Bear Lake is frozen.

No plane was found there or at any other lake that authorities checked in northeastern Utah or western Wyoming.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Mike Fergus said there is no radar, emergency beacon signal or confirmation from another person about a plane going down in the region. The FAA wasn't able to determined a tail number for the supposed plane.

"We've got nothing," Fergus said Thursday. He called the report an apparent hoax.

The Herald Journal of Logan reported that Utah state parks officials, Rich County sheriff's deputies and helicopter crews for Life Flight and the Utah Department of Public Safety also were involved in the search but found nothing.

"It's like trying to find a needle in a haystack," Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Lee Perry told the newspaper late Wednesday. Perry didn't immediately return a message left by The Associated Press Thursday.

The Utah Highway Patrol had no new details to report Thursday, said Trooper Todd Johnson.

Authorities haven't been able to determine the identity of the supposed pilot and "it's just frustrating that we don't have a lot of information at this time," Saprony said Thursday.