Civil Air Patrol

Overnight Search for Missing Aircraft 28 January 2018

OVERNIGHT SEARCH FOR MISSING AIRCRAFT

WEST LEBANON, IN Members of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) assisted Indiana State Police and local fire officials in a search for an overdue aircraft. The aircraft, a single engine Cessna, departed from Columbus, Ohio yesterday morning en route to the area of Peoria, Illinois. The aircraft dropped off of radar in western Indiana, short of its fueling destination in Danville, IL.

The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center activated a search mission with CAP yesterday evening, to assist local and state agencies in the search. A total of 6 ground search teams and 2 aircraft were provided, coming from areas throughout Indiana and Illinois. Indiana State Police officials closed down the search efforts at approximately 3:30 (CST) this morning, citing safety concerns for the searchers.

At first light this morning, the search efforts continued in the area around West Lebanon, Indiana after cell-phone forensics narrowed down an area where the pilot’s phone had it’s last registered contact. In addition to numerous law enforcement and fire personnel, CAP had 8 ground search teams underway and aircraft in the area of the last known position.

At approximately 9:45 AM (CST), search teams discovered wreckage of the missing aircraft. Search efforts have ceased, and recovery operations have been turned over to Warren County Sheriff’s Office, who is conducting the investigation.

At the request of local law enforcement, a CAP family-notification team has met with the decedent’s family in the greater Peoria area.

Article by Major Jim Griggs

 

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