"In searching the general vicinity of the wreck, we believe we have also found a part of the object that the F-89 collided with. We are still in the process of documenting the mystery object."
Port Huron, MI (AP) -- A group of Michigan divers operating a next generation sophisticated side scan sonar have answered one of the Great Lakes enduring mysteries, and may have uncovered another. In 1953, during the infancy of the Cold War, a U.S. Airforce F-89 Scorpion fighter jet disappeared over Lake Superior while trying to intercept and investigate an unusual radar blip. The wreckage of the plane and bodies of the two pilots had never been found.
"We feel bittersweet" said Great Lakes Dive Company spokesman Adam Jimenez. "I mean, on one hand we set out to answer this thing and did, but on the other hand you realize this was a tragedy that claimed the lives of two American pilots."
Well known among UFO enthusiasts, the incident involving the disappearance of the F-89 has been called Michigan's "Roswell". "Certainly this was a mysterious event, and needed to be solved. There was a tremendous amount of unanswered questions related to this matter." said Jimenez. The U.S. military originally claimed that the fighter jet had collided with a Canadian transport plane, a version of events dismissed by the Canadian government.
Jimenez went on to say that the plane is mostly intact and lying upright in deep water. "Frankly, we came away surprised. We expected at best, to locate an engine, wing or other small debris. Finding the plane together was really unexpected." And then the mystery deepened.
"In searching the general vicinity of the wreck, we believe we have also found a part of the object that the F-89 collided with. We are still in the process of documenting the mystery object." Jimenez declined to elaborate on what the object is. "There is still a lot of wreck site forensics to complete" he said.
A feature length documentary on the history, search and discovery of the F-89 and the mystery object is being planned. The Great Lakes Dive Company (www.greatlakesdive.com) is a group of Michigan natives with the common interest of shipwreck hunting and historical preservation.
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