Divers Find Korean War-Era Airplane Off San Diego

A pair of divers found a lost Korean War-era fighter plane off the coast of San Diego, California recently.

A local Fox television station reported that the aircraft was identified as an A-1 Skyraider which crashed in 1953 in the waters near Mission Beach.

According to news reports, the pilot ejected from the aircraft and survived.

Dennis Burns and Ruth Yu were diving in 60-foot-deep water when they came across the sunken aircraft. It’s safe to say that they were fairly gobsmacked at their discovery.

“When [Burns] came up he was completely overwhelmed,” Yu told the Fox TV station. “Even before he could get his mouthpiece off he was saying, ‘It’s a plane, it’s a plane! I found a plane.'”

“I was stunned that the greatest thing I’ve ever dove was in my backyard,” Burns said.

The divers said they have spoken to the pilot’s family, who have expressed an interest in diving the site themselves.

Source: KSWB-TV


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John Liang is the News Editor at DeeperBlue.com. He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.