Men on Missing Plane Found in Drying Lake Identified

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FRITCH, Texas -- Investigators have identified two men who were aboard a plane found on a receding, drought-stricken lake in the Texas Panhandle after being missing for 24 years.

Steven Lampe was the pilot of the small, two-seat Beech 77. Larry Lucas was his passenger, officials said.

Aaccording to a National Transportation Safety Board report, the 25-year-old pilot and a passenger died in the crash.

The plane and bodies never turned up during a six-day diving search.

Two teens from Fritch were canoeing at the Lake Meredith National Recreation Area when they discovered the wreckage Friday.

National Park Service officials said the discovery was confirmed to be the fuselage the plane.

It went missing during a two-hour flight on Jan. 27, 1984.

Park service personnel have closed the area around the wreckage so they can investigate the site, spokeswoman Rozanna Pfeiffer said.

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