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Helicopter waiting to take off on search for two men who's airplane crashed near Yellowstone. Robert L. Zimmerman, age 84 of Huntsville, Alabama and his older brother, 86 year old Ward H. Zimmerman of Seattle, Washington are both presumed dead as a result of the crash of their small plane in the Washakie Wilderness area of Park County. The brothers departed Yellowstone Regional Airport on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. en route to Twin Falls, Idaho via Yellowstone National Park. The Park County Sheriff�s Office Search and Rescue Team located the 1963 Mooney M20C aircraft at 9:19 a.m. on Monday, May 12. The missing aircraft was located on the eastern slope of Howell Mountain approximately 4.5 miles south of Highway 14-16-20 west at the Buffalo Bill Boy Scout Camp. It was settled in a steep ravine on a 60 degree slope with a large cornice of snow situated above it. It had heavy front end damage and one wing has been torn from the plane. Tests performed by the SAR team determined that the snowpack directly above the wreckage was extremely unstable and that the risk of an avalanche was too high to attempt to reach the plane. Sheriff Steward went on to say that the Sheriff�s Office will continue to monitor the conditions at the site of the wreckage and will begin a recovery effort as soon as it is safe to do so.

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