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C-45 with U.S. Air Force markings. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/multiplyleadership/6086672220">Mark Jones Jr.</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
C-45 with U.S. Air Force markings. Mark Jones Jr., Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Explorers find 1952 US plane wreck in Lake Ontario

OSWEGO, N.Y. (AP) Underwater explorers say they've found the wreck of a U.S. Air Force twin-engine plane that crashed into Lake Ontario more than 60 years ago.

The C-45 flew for miles on its own after its three-man crew and two civilian passengers bailed out when one of the engines failed during a flight over central New York in 1952. The aircraft flew on automatic pilot for more than an hour before it crashed into the lake off Oswego.

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A team of explorers from the Rochester area say Tuesday that they located the nearly intact plane in deep water while searching for historic shipwrecks on the lake's eastern end.

The C-45 was on a routine flight on Sept. 11, 1952, from Bedford, Massachusetts to Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, New York when it crashed.

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