Navy hopes to solve WWII plane mystery





Naval experts will begin searching Friday for an airliner that crashed into the Baltic in June 1940 with nine people on board, including a U.S. diplomatic courier considered one of the first American casualties of World War II.

The mystery of the plane's fate has since remained unsolved, despite Estonia's efforts to locate the wreckage believed to be lying 300 feet underwater near the tiny island of Keri, some 20 miles northeast of Tallinn.

"If the aircraft is in the area where we're searching, I'm highly confident we'll find it," said Martin Ammond, senior surveyor aboard the USNS Pathfinder, one of the U.S. Navy's oceanographic survey vessels dispatched to help in the hunt for the missing plane.



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