Search Underway for Missing Plane in WV

By: Tim Wronka Email
By: Tim Wronka Email

A small plane with three people on board is still missing in West Virginia.

A search for the Piper PA 32 aircraft is underway.

Authorities say they lost contact with the pilot of the plane late Sunday night when it was 11 miles away from the Grant County Airport.

The last information authorities received was that the plane, which was heading to Danville, Va., was in distress and was going to make an emergency landing in Grant County.

However, the plane never made it there.

The FAA's West Virginia and Virginia Civil Air Patrols are leading the investigation.

“There are lots of cases where people walk away from some sort of mishap with an airplane. There's a whole range of possibilities. We have no idea what happened here at this time,” said Major James Quinn of the West Virginia Civil Patrol.

Localities are also working with the Civil Air Patrol. Due to weather concerns, authorities are not searching by air.

“It's principally the weather. We have low clouds and icing conditions fairly low to the ground. It's just not safe,” said Quinn. “Of course, the area between Virginia and West Virginia near the border is very mountainous.”

Authorities say the ground search will continue through the night.

The West Virginia wing of the Civil Air Patrol is joined by many different agencies, including Maryland State Police.

They have allowed the use of one of their helicopters for the search once the weather conditions are safe.

Authorities say the ground search will continue through the night.


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