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Plane that went missing located in water-filled quarry, recovery efforts begin

The plane went missing Sunday, and crews located the plane Monday. Now they'll work to recover the wreckage.

The small plane carrying three people that went missing Sunday has been located in a deep, water-filled quarry on Grey Cloud Island in Washington County. 

The small Cessna plane had left Fleming Field Municipal Airport in South St. Paul on Saturday afternoon with three people on board, and then went missing, the Washington County Sheriff's Office says

KARE 11 reports the plane was set to land back at Fleming Field Sunday night, but communication with the aircraft was lost. The plane was last seen on radar near Red Wing, officials told KSTP

Crews believed the plane crashed into the quarry, located south of St. Paul Park near the Mississippi River, Sunday evening. They searched the quarry with boats and lights that night, but didn't locate the plane. They did find plane debris, so they believed they were searching in the correct area. 

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office dive teams searched the 200-foot deep quarry on Monday, and Sheriff Dan Starry told reporters that they had located the plane using underwater sonar, and now will work on recovering the plane.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration will lead the investigation. 

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