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U.S. Air Force aircraft abandoned in flight discovered in Lake Ontario

Updated: 07/08/2014 8:10 AM
Created: 07/07/2014 7:52 PM WHEC.com

The wreck of a U.S. Air Force C-45 aircraft abandoned during flight by its crew in 1952 has been located in Lake Ontario near Oswego. 

On September 11, 1952, the plane, which took off from Bedford Massachusetts to Griffis Air Force Base near Rome, New York, was crippled by an engine failure. Believing the plane would crash, the pilot, crew and passengers parachuted. They all landed safely. The plane managed to continue on a 65 mile pilotless flight until it crashed into Lake Ontario. 

Shipwreck explorers Jim Kennard, Roger Pawlowski and Roland Stevens located the aircraft while surveying a section of Lake Ontario for historic ships.





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