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Search continues for missing plane in Etowah County

The plane disappeared from radar just before 1:00 p.m. Thursday.

Posted: Sep 11, 2020 9:47 AM
Updated: Sep 11, 2020 7:59 PM

North Alabama Authorities are searching for a missing plane and pilot in Etowah County. 

According to a spokesperson with the Etowah County Sheriff's Office, a Zenith STOL CH750 disappeared from radar Thursday afternoon around 12:45 with one person on board. 

At 8:15 last night, the missing plane was reported to Etowah County authorities. 

Search crews are focusing on a three-mile radius in the area near Aurora Lake, along Lawson Gap Road and Baker Gap Road. That's about 6.5 miles northeast of Gadsden. 

According to the flight plan, the pilot left Calhoun, Georgia, and was headed to Tupelo, Mississippi for a fuel stop.  A spokesperson for the Etowah County Sheriff's Office told WAAY 31, the pilot made it to Tupelo, circled the airport, but never landed and headed back.

Marshall County Sheriff's Office and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) deployed their helicopter to assist with search efforts. There are also a number of volunteer fire departments assisting on the ground. 

The Etowah County Sheriff told WAAY31 the helicopter brought an extra level of technology with thermal cameras. 

"We're right here on the line, this is very close to Marshall County," Sheriff Jonathon Horton said. "Marshall County has always been good to us, and their helicopter has a FLIR, that's very helpful, and so yes, they are still very thankfully assisting us."

As of Friday night, authorities have not located the plane. Crews will continue to search in the coming days.

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