Search Widens For Lost Plane, Student Pilot

October 07, 1991|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,Staff writer

Authorities widened their search yesterday for a single-engine planethat has been missing since Friday with a student pilot at the controls.

"There is always the possibility that she could be alive," said Maj. Mitzi Parks of the Civil Air Patrol.

Parks said the search was expanded yesterday into the Delaware area near Chesapeake City, one of the 30-year-old woman's destinations.

More than 100 searchers in planes and cars also were combing the area from Lee Airport to Easton Airport, where the woman was believedto have stopped for lunch at 3 p.m. Friday.

The pilot, whose namehas not been released, took off at about 1 p.m. from Lee Airport south of Annapolis on a solo training flight that was to take her to theBay Bridge Airport on Kent Island, to Summit Airport at New Chesapeake City in Delaware, to Easton Airport and back to Lee Airport.

Officials believe that the plane, a Piper Cherokee, went down during the return trip to Lee Airport. Parks said they are also searching the Delaware area because it's possible that the pilot got lost.

CoastGuard boats were also checking the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

Parks said the woman had been flying for about two years and had 30 or 40 hours of flight training in addition to one other solo flight.

Anyone who has any information about the plane should call the Civil Air Patrol at (301) 822-6013.

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