Sonar images show the outline of the plane, covered in a thick layer of silt, about 160 feet below the lake’s surface, Seafloor Systems environmental technician Jeff Riley told CNN.
They went back to the area with a small remote controlled mini sub, or ROV, but couldn’t get a good look because visibility was only about six or seven inches, Riley said.
The team mounted a sonar unit on the ROV and went back again earlier this week Riley said, and when they got down to the bottom the wreckage “was as clear as day.”
“I did a little pan around just to see my surroundings, and in that initial pan I was able to see it,” Riley said.
They were able to collect images of the tail section of the plane and the propeller, and Riley said they appeared to match the description of a plane that crashed in 1965.
A Piper Comanche 250 crashed into the lake on New Year’s Day after a midair collision, according to KOVR.
The pilot’s body was recovered, but authorities never found the plane or the three passengers who were on board, KOVR reported.
Riley said that Seafloor Systems collected the GPS coordinates of the wreckage to help with a possible recovery effort.