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Search finds pilot, missing plane on mountainside in south-central Wyo.

RAWLINS (AP) — Searchers found a missing plane and the body of its pilot on a mountainside in south-central Wyoming.

Carbon County Sheriff Jerry Colson identified the pilot of the Cessna 172 as 63-year-old Gordon Davis, who owned an aviation company in Tehachapi, Calif.

The plane was headed for Laramie when it was reported missing Sunday afternoon.

Colson says there were no reports of a distress signal transmitted.

He said the plane was found about 11 a.m. Tuesday in a deep canyon about two-thirds up the side of a mountain and about five miles east of Saratoga.

The sheriff says it appears the pilot initially survived the crash and had taken shelter under the aircraft’s wing where his body was found.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

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