Bossier and Caddo Parish authorities have recovered an aircraft that crashed into the Red River last week.
Deputies with the Bossier Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol assisted Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office in the recovery of the small airplane.
Bossier deputies helped to keep boat traffic a safe distance from a barge conducting the retrieval, operated by Blount Brothers Construction. The operation began at 5:00 a.m., and the plane was recovered about 3:30 p.m. Monday afternoon.
Deputies with the Caddo and Bossier sheriff’s offices used emergency locator transmitters and sonar to locate and mark where the plane went down.
Divers with Phoenix International in Morgan City helped in the recover process.
Just before 11:00 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, two men were reported practicing touch-and-go landings at the Shreveport Downtown Airport when the engine apparently failed in their Cessna aircraft.
The plane went into the Red River near the end of the south runway, but the men were able to get out and swim to the Bossier City side of the river. The two did not appear to be injured but were taken to Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport as a precaution, authorities said.
The men have not been identified.
Photo: Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office