Input Sought on Resumption of Diving to B-29 in Lake Mead

May 31, 2019

The National Park Service says it is seeking public comment on the possible resumption of guided diving to a submerged B-29 bomber that has been designated as an archaeological site after crashing into Lake Mead in 1948.

The agency said Thursday that renewed limited-use commercial authorization for underwater visits to the crash site listed on the National Register of Historic Places would follow periods when limited diving was permitted from 2008-2009 and 2015-2017.

According to the announcement, the National Park Service paused permitted diving to re-assess the condition of the aircraft and that the agency believes re-use of restrictions and requirements set in the previous authorization would mitigate any potential environmental concerns.

Divers found the bomb in August 2002.