Grand Canyon Sightseeing Plane Goes Down With Five Aboard

Associated Press

A plane carrying five people back from a sightseeing tour of the Grand Canyon went down Tuesday night in an area where rain and snow were reported, authorities said.

It was unclear if the plane, a twin-engine Piper Navajo Chieftain, had crashed or made a safe landing after it disappeared from radar screens at about 4 p.m. Signals were picked up from the plane's emergency locater transmitter, said Karen Whitney, a spokeswoman for the National Park Service.

Crews were searching the Mt. Wilson area, a 5,445-foot peak about 40 miles east of Las Vegas, Whitney said.

"We do not hold out a lot of hope of being able to find anything tonight," Whitney said late Tuesday.

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