Plane Registered in Southern Illinois Found in West Virginia

Sep 7, 2017

A small plane from southern Illinois that went missing has been located in a mountainous area in West Virginia.

Bridgeport police Chief John Walker told The Exponent Telegram another plane was able to spot the missing aircraft.

The Federal Aviation Administration says two people were onboard the Cirrus SR20 when it went missing Tuesday. The agency hasn't identified the passengers.

But, Delaware Coastal Airport Manager Jim Hickin said the plane is registered to SGLJ Inc. of Carbondale. It's owned by Bill and Pat Searcy of Carterville.

The FAA says the plane went off the radar between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at North Central Regional Airport in Clarksburg. The FAA notified law enforcement officials in northwest West Virginia on Wednesday morning.

The plane took off from Georgetown, Delaware, on Tuesday. It was destined for Fleming-Mason Airport in Flemingsburg, Kentucky.