A search is underway for a private airplane and pilot that disappeared earlier this week. The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office says the aircraft left the North Alabama Regional Airport in Gadsden, heading for New Orleans on Wednesday.
Initial contact was made with air traffic control at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, but contact was lost shortly after takeoff. A missing persons report was filed that evening.
Civil Air Patrol First Lieutenant Cindy Collette tells us what all is being done to find the missing airplane and pilot. Lieutenant Collette also says they have received several leads and are following up on each of them.
Anyone with potential information is asked to contact Civil Air Patrol First Lieutenant Cindy Collette at 205-305-0429 or the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office at 256-546-2825.