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A Jet Commander, the type of plane that crashed into Lake Champlain in 1971.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jet_commander#mediaviewer/File:Air_Sweden_IAI_1124.jpg">Felix Goetting</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A Jet Commander, the type of plane that crashed into Lake Champlain in 1971.Felix Goetting, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Bid to solve mystery of Lake Champlain jet crash

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New technology is being brought to bear on the 43-year-old mystery of a private jet carrying five people that went missing after leaving a Vermont airport and is believed to have crashed in Lake Champlain.

New York and Vermont state police will be putting divers and high-resolution sonar into the lake starting Friday to search for any sign of the 10-seat Jet Commander that disappeared on the snowy night of Jan. 27, 1971 during a flight from Burlington, Vermont, to Providence, Rhode Island.

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New York State Police Capt. John Tibbitts says Thursday initial searches found no fuel slick or wreckage and the lake froze over four days later.

Some items from the plane washed up over the years.

The plane with a crew of two was carrying three employees of the Atlanta, Georgia, development company Cousin's Properties.

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