CORNELIUS, N.C. — A Cornelius woman said a mysterious airplane recently found submerged in Lake Norman belongs to her.
WCNC-TV reported that Charlotte firefighters spotted the airplane during a training exercise Sept. 5 around the Mecklenburg-Iredell County line.
The plane was reportedly submerged about 80 feet under at the tail and 100 at the nose in the main channel of the lake.
After finding the aircraft, fire officials sent a dive team to further investigate. Authorities said they were unable to get the doors open, but did not see any obvious victims.
On Saturday, Barbara Anderson came forward and said she believes the plane belongs to her. She said it has been submerged in the lake for around 35 years.
“We spent thousands and thousands of dollars looking for that thing,” Barbara Anderson said.
Anderson said her plane sunk when flight instructors were doing training on Lake Norman.
“They landed, forgot to put the gear up to lock it and the plane sunk,” she said.
Anderson said the pilots were fine, but the plane was gone. She said there was not sonar equipment at the time that could provide a good image for investigators.
Anderson said she has called the Federal Aviation Administration and they told her that they’re checking records.
FAA officials have not said if they’ll pull the plane out of the lake or if they’ve determined who it belongs to.
Read more: WCNC-TV