CASPER, Wyo. — The July 14 plane crash northwest of Buffalo had two fatalities, with the victims not yet identified, wrote Johnson County Sheriff’s Department in a release sent Sunday evening.
The department received a call on Friday, July 15 from air traffic control in Salt Lake City, Utah, informing them of a missing aircraft, the release explained. The aircraft had left from Powell Municipal Airport in Powell, Wyoming at approximately noon on July 14, headed to Buffalo, but the plane did not arrive at the Johnson County Airport. Dispatch then called the local airport, which verified that the plane hadn’t reached its destination.
A short time later, the sheriff’s office received a call from the U.S. Forest Service. “Their firefighters had been called to a fire and had located wreckage from an airplane near the Middle Fork of Rock Creek in a remote area of the Bighorn National Forest,” the release detailed. “It appeared that the plane crash was the cause of that fire.”
Witnesses from the Forest Service said there were no survivors of the crash, and that the remains were unidentifiable.
That night, at 9 p.m., members of the sheriff’s office, Johnson County Search and Rescue, U.S. Forest Service and the Johnson County Coroners office met to gather details of the wreckage. It was decided that because of the time, location of the crash and active fire, a team would be sent early the following morning. “Access to the area would most likely be on foot,” the release explained.
The team left Buffalo at 5:30 the next morning, on Saturday July 16, and arrived at the site on foot at 9:30 a.m. They again found no survivors, and reported that there “were no identifiable markings on the aircraft.”
The four agencies transported the remains to the Johnson County Coroner’s Office for identification.
As this investigation is still active, Johnson County Sheriff’s department will not provide any more details at this time. However, this story will be updated as new information surfaces.