Thu, Dec 03, 2009
Find Culminates A Two-Day Search
An aircrew from the Clarksburg
Composite Squadron located the wreckage of a twin-engine Piper
PA-30 Monday that had been reported missing after it left a Texas
airport November 23 for Virginia.
The aircrew spotted the Piper about 0940 five miles north of the
Rainelle VOR ground station. The crash site was confirmed about
1330, and West Virginia State Police took charge of the
The wing had been alerted about the missing plane early Sunday
by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. The pilot, Kwan Kwok
of Virginia, had taken off from Dalhart Municipal Airport in
extreme northwest Texas without filing a flight plan, but officials
believed the Piper's flight path made southern West Virginia the
prime search area.
The last known contact with the pilot came when he left the
airport. The flight would have lasted four to five hours. Weather
conditions were windy, with low clouds and drizzling rain.
Six aircraft from the West Virginia Wing searched for the
missing plane all day Sunday, and three planes were involved
Monday. In addition, ground teams from the Beckley Composite and
Charleston Cadet squadrons worked with searchers from the state
Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, with
assistance from the Fayette County Sheriff's Department.
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