A single-engine plane that went missing with an 86-year-old Seattle man and his 84-year-old brother aboard has been found this morning near Yellowstone National Park, said the Park County Sheriff’s Office in Cody, Wyo.
The condition of the brothers isn’t yet known. The sheriff’s office said the 1963 Mooney M20C “settled in a steep ravine with a large cornice of snow situated above it. It has heavy front-end damage, and one wing has been torn from the plane.”
A rescue helicopter settled on top of a mountain directly above the wreckage. But, the sheriff’s office said, tests performed by the rescue team determined “that the snowpack directly above the wreckage was extremely unstable and that the risk of an avalanche was too high to attempt to reach the plane.”
A Black Hawk helicopter has been requested and is en route to Cody from the Air National Guard base in Cheyenne. Once it reaches the scene, said the sheriff’s office, options will be discussed that include possibly lowering rescuers down to the wreckage to determine the condition of the men.