SARATOGA SPRINGS — A pilot was found dead in Utah County a day after his small plane went missing.
The twin-engine Cessna 320 departed from Caldwell, Idaho, on Thursday, according to Ian Gregor, communications manager for FAA Pacific Division. The pilot was expected to stop at the Provo Airport for fuel, Gregor said.
When the pilot's co-worker hadn't heard from him by about 4:30 p.m., they became concerned and contacted authorities, Provo Sheriff Sgt. Spencer Cannon said.
The pilot was the only person on board the plane, which was part of a commercial photography operation, according to Cannon.
A helicopter from the Utah Department of Public Safety and the Civil Air Patrol started looking for the plane Thursday.
On Friday, a search and rescue team joined the search. Searchers found the plane's wreckage Friday about 12:30 p.m. on the south end of Lake Mountain, west of Utah Lake, Cannon said.
He said the wreckage was discovered at the top of the mountain in "terrain that was very difficult to access," and deputies couldn't reach it "even in four-wheel drive vehicles."
A Division of Public Safety helicopter and a single-engine plane were able to reach the site of the crash and retrieve the pilot's remains.
Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are expected to travel to the scene of the crash Saturday and investigate the cause of the crash, Cannon said.
Details about the pilot, including his name and age, were not immediately released.