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Field Work Begins On Lake Meredith Plane

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Cindy Ott-Jones, Superintendent of the National Park Service Cindy Ott-Jones, Superintendent of the National Park Service

The National Park Service began working to retrieve the remains of two passengers who were in a plane missing for 24 years.

Park rangers began an intensive procedure early this morning in order to access the cockpit of the Beech 77 aircraft.

The plane was reported missing in January of 1984, and was finally found on Friday when a family out canoeing on the lake came across the decades old wreckage.

The procedure began by cutting open the bottom of the fuselage because the plane is upside down in the lake.

By this afternoon they had cut off most of the plane's flooring, the two park rangers attempted to pump out all the sand in order to gain access to the remains.

Earlier this afternoon two park rangers were attempting to clean out the cockpit of the Beech 77 aircraft.

"The cockpit is about three quarters full of sand from our initial investigation on Saturday, so we don't exactly know what we will find," said Cindy Ott-Jones, Superintendent of the National Park Service. "The next step is see what happens today. If remains are found, we'll keep looking if they're not. The next step is wait for investigators with the NTSB, FAA and Beechcraft."

The first opportunity for the plane to actually be removed from the lake will be when federal investigators finally arrive in the panhandle.

"That was one of the first calls we made was to the NTSB they were very interested and we will hear from them today when investigators will come this week," said Ott-Jones.

Ott- Jones Tells us she doesn't expect investigators to be in the area until Wednesday at the soonest.

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