Missing Aircraft

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Civil Air Patrol is waiting for skies to clear to begin its search in north Georgia for a missing Navy aircraft carrying four aviators that failed to make its scheduled arrival at Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida.

An air patrol spokeswoman -- Captain Paige Joyner -- says five air crews are standing by ready to go. Ground teams already are searching the area.

The public affairs officer of the 347th Rescue Wing at Moody Air Force Base near Valdosta, Georgia -- Captain Gary Arasin -- says one of its planes ran the route the Navy plane had flown yesterday but found nothing.

Searchers are looking in an area that includes Carters Lake. Murray County Sheriff Howard Ensley tells an Atlanta radio station that search efforts are being hampered by rugged terrain and the rainy weather. Primitive camping is offered in the area around the lake. Ensley says deputies are trying to contact people in the area to see whether they have seen or heard anything that might lead authorities to the plane.

The Navy T-39 Sabreliner was scheduled to arrive in Pensacola around 3 p-m yesterday.

A Navy instructor, a Navy student, an Air Force student and a civilian contract pilot were aboard the Sabreliner. Authorities have NOT released their names.

The plane left Chattanooga, Tennessee.


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