SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - Bossier sheriff’s deputies have confirmed they have found the plane that went down Thursday in about 16 feet of water in Red River.
The site is roughly a half-mile south of Interstate 220 just north of Shreveport’s Downtown Airport and just off Wells Island Road, sheriff’s Lt. Bill Davis said Friday.
Caddo 911 received a call about 11:21 a.m. from the approach tower at Downtown Airport saying it had lost contact with a small plane.
Crews have searched by land, water and air in hopes of finding the plane.
According to a post Thursday afternoon by Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office, its marine patrol used electronic equipment to find what they believe could be the aircraft fuselage in the water.
Federal crews were to be on the scene Friday morning to work with local authorities on the plane’s recovery.
The Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that the private, single-engine plane took off after 10:37 a.m. destined for Vernon, Texas .
“We don’t know exactly know where the plane is,” said Caddo Parish Sherriff Steve Prator around 5 p.m. Thursday in an interview with KSLA News 12′s Jeff Ferrell. “We have a good indication that it may be in the river. We had some debris and some spoilage that has floated up.”
Because of the river’s water level and how swift the strength of the current - divers cannot be deployed at this time.
Officials are waiting for guidance from the federal government on the best way to handle this, Prator said.
Bossier’s drone unit and marine patrol are taking part in the search along with deputies on foot, he said.
Also joining the search are members of the Bossier City Police Department, the Benton Fire Department and other agencies, Davis added.
"We're keeping it as loose as we can. We just aren't certain of anything quite yet," Sheriff Prator.
Prator added that it’s unknown how many people, aside from the pilot, were on the plane. However, it’s believed one other person was on the plane.