LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Civil Air Patrol) -The small aircraft that went missing Mondaywhile on a flight from Alabama to Oklahomathat afternoon was located this morning.
A crash site was spotted from the air and a multi-agency ground team, including Civil Air Patrol (CAP)ground search teams from the 115th Composite Squadron in Rogers, confirmed that it was the missing airplane.
Mondaynight, a CAP aircraft overflew the search area listening for an emergency beacon, howeverthick fog hampered the use of a thermal imager with which the CAP plane was equipped. Tuesday morning, a CAP aircraft from Little Rock and a CAP ground search team from Rogers joined with local authorities in the search. A CAP aircraft from Texarkana was readying to launch when the missing plane was found.
The single-engine aircraft dropped off FAA radar screens around 2:00 Monday afternoon. Local teams from Madison and Benton County began the search and requested CAP assistance.
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 60,000 members nationwide. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and has been credited by the AFRCC with saving more than 100 lives this fiscal year. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counter-drug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies.