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Twenty planes to search for aircraft

January 26, 2001

Twenty planes to search for aircraft



Civil Air Patrol teams in Maryland and West Virginia were expected to be joined by teams from Virginia and Washington, D.C., today as they start their fifth day of searching for a missing plane.

Twenty planes are expected to search today for the single-engine experimental plane and its pilot, said Capt. Kay Walling. The pilot's identity has not been released.

West Virginia patrol teams will focus on the Fairmont, W.Va., area where they got a strong lead, Walling said.

Maryland teams will focus on areas around Hancock and Rocky Gap, Md., following up on clues they received Friday night, Walling said.

The plane was reported missing Monday evening. It was traveling from Belmar/Farmingdale, N.J., to Mason County Airport, Point Pleasant, W.Va.

The missing plane was flying with another small plane when the pilot of the second plane lost sight of the experimental plane. The second pilot assumed the first plane had continued ahead.

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Most of the ground teams will be released Saturday, except for two or three, Walling said.

So far, 173 people have helped search four days, logging more than 110 flight hours, she said.

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