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Missing plane's wreckage, pilot's body found

January 27, 2001

Missing plane's wreckage, pilot's body found



FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) - Searchers on Saturday found the body of a pilot whose home-built plane crashed nearly a week ago in a wooded, hilly area of Taylor County.

The pilot's name was being withheld pending notification of relatives, said Capt. Kay Joslin Walling with the Maryland Civil Air Patrol.

Rescue crews from the West Virginia Civil Air Patrol found the Wittman Tailwind Model DN-1 Experimental Aircraft at about 4 p.m. Saturday north of State Route 310 at Plum Run, near the Taylor-Marion county line a few miles outside Fairmont, said Civil Air Patrol spokesman Jeff Schrock.

The pilot was last heard from Monday afternoon, when he and the pilot of a Cessna 182 flew together from the Belmar area of New Jersey to Point Pleasant. The pilot was taking the Wittman Tailwind, which was built in 1964, to a new owner in Point Pleasant, and was to return to New Jersey on the Cessna 182, Walling said.

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Walling said the two pilots became separated near Cumberland, Md. The Cessna's pilot, who also was not identified, circled in an unsuccessful attempt to find the other plane, then continued to the Mason County Airport where he landed safely.

Rescue crews had been searching for the plane in north central West Virginia and western Maryland since Tuesday. Two snowfalls hampered the search, Walling said.

The crash is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.

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