Cell phone and Radar analysis help find plane crash site quickly

North Dakota’s Civil Air Patrol helped play a big role in finding the crash site.


Lt. Colonel Sean Johnson says state radio contacted State Emergency Services who then got in contact with the CAP.
Civil Air Patrol went to work with the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center out of Florida.


They used cellular phone forensics and radar analysis to pin point the location of the crash.
The last known radar track indicated the plane may have broken up in flight, however Johnson says that isn’t yet confirmed, and NTSB will help make that determination.

The cell phones of the three occupants were used to find the site, down to just one meter.
Visibility and safety issues kept CAP planes grounded from an air search.


Johnson says while ground teams, and airplanes are useful in a situation like this, it’s the electronic tracking which helped expedite the process.


The call to state radio came in just after 11 pm Sunday, and the crash site was found around 1 am, according to the Morton County Sheriff’s office.
 

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