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Civil Air Patrol locates plane wreckage of missing aircraft

Civil Air Patrol locates plane wreckage of missing aircraft

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 20, 2018
FRANKFORT, Ky. –

Civil Air Patrol located the wreckage of a missing plane at 11:17 am Friday morning. A pilot left the airport in Warsaw yesterday around 5:00 pm. The pilot stated he was going on a fuel run and would return. After he failed to show, the family reported him missing. A mission request was issued by Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) and Civil Air Patrol received the assignment at 11:37 pm on Thursday night.

Members from Lexington, Louisville, Cincinnati, and Bowling Green Squadrons launched into action. Air and ground crews searched last night and through today using radar tracking and information on flight. After storms cleared and Air crews were able to return to area and they spotted aircraft crashed in corn field in Southern Indiana, in Switzerland County. The scene was turned over to local law enforcement and Emergency Management.

Col Williamson, Wing Commander for Kentucky, and Major Michael Weimer, Kentucky Wing Group 3 Commander were coordinated as Incident Commanders with over 25 Civil Air Patrol members that assisted with the search and mission base staffing.

“We had a radar report of the planes last position and concentrated search efforts in that area. Our big break was when the weather allowed us to get a plane in the air to search the direct area of last radar contact and that is when they found the plane. Teams were sent out overnight to listen for any ELT signals and to do a preliminary visual search of the area.” reported Major Michael Weimer.

Civil Air Patrol dedicated all-volunteer force operates the largest fleet of Cessna aircraft
in the world for the purposes of search and rescue, disaster relief, natural disaster damage assessment and aerospace education.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland Civil Air Patrol security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com or www.CAP.news for more information.

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