UPDATE: Hamilton County officials stated that the crews found the aircraft at a depth of 35 feet in the river near the place where the witness allegedly hit a plane.
The two victims have not yet been officially identified.
The crews have not yet removed the plane from the river and have no timetable for this at this stage. It will depend on the weather.
"The HCSO would like to extend our prayers and condolences to the family of victims throughout the difficult process of mourning," said Sheriff Jim Hammond. "I want to thank each of our employees and the many support agencies who helped locate this aircraft. Through their determination and flawless training, they were able to locate the wreckage and help put an end to the activities of the family of victims, "he added.
From Captain Davey's family:
"The Hamilton County Sheriff's Department has informed the family today that the Bellanca 17-30A aircraft owned by Captain Frank W Davey had been found with two bodies. They identified the people on board as being Captain Davey and a beloved family friend, Lynda Marinello, Frank and Lynda were both teachers at Notre Dame High School for many years and their families became very relatives. The family is saddened to learn of Lynda's death, which brings us even more grief in addition to losing Frank.
The family wishes to express its sincere gratitude to the first Stakeholders, Hamilton County Sheriff's Department, Dallas Bay Volunteer Fire Department, Sale Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Special Rescue and Emergency Service (STARS), Life Recourse Agency Tennessee Wilderness (TWRA), Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), US Guard Corps, and the FAA, for their unwavering commitment and ability to overcome the harsh weather conditions to find our loved ones. You are really our heroes.
Funeral arrangements are underway at Lane Ashland Terrace Funeral Home; Interment will be at Chattanooga National Cemetery with military honors. Details will be communicated at a later date. "
SODDY DAISY, Tennessee (WDEF) – Hamilton County officials said divers found the plane crashed in the Tennessee River on Monday.
They found two bodies.
Michelle Vartan Novis says her sister Lynda Vartan Marinello was on board the plane that crashed into Lake Monday northwest of Soddy Daisy.
She says that the body was found in the cabin of the aircraft, still attached to his seat.
"God spared my sister-in-law and kept her intact in her curly seat.My family and I and her children suffer terribly, but she has at least been found."
Novis announced earlier this morning that crews were collapsing in the water looking for what could be the fuselage of the plane.
Family members have already identified the pilot as captain (retired) Frank W Davey.
Lynda Vartan Marinello
Capt Frank W Davey