'Morning Edition' Returns: Navy Sues for Salvaged Wreck Sixty years ago, a Navy corsair fighter crashed in a North Carolina swap. The Navy abandoned the wreckage. In 1990, Mechanic Lex Cralley salvaged the plane and began restoring it. The Justice Department is now suing Cralley, demanding the return of the plane, the cost of returning it, and compensations for any damage since it was recovered. The lawsuit doesn't explain why the plane is important to the Navy.