Jan 9, 2011 6:54 PM by James H Egbert

Search teams looking for missing aircraft in Sangre de Cristo Mountains

The Custer County Sheriff's Office and the Civil Air Patrol are gathering a search team to look for a small aircraft that was lost on radar in the Blueberry Peak Area of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

The Civil Air Patrol tells News First 5 the aircraft was coming from Phoenix, Arizona, heading to Pueblo and was scheduled to arrive about 4:00 p.m Sunday. Lt. Col. Mike Daniels spoke with News First 5 and confirmed the Custer County Sheriff's Office has asked for assistance from the Civil Air Patrol.  A ground search team lead by Major Mark Young is going to the area. Daniels also says severe weather in the region is keeping them from doing an air search.

At this time search teams will be looking for a Piper aircraft with 2 people on board. The aircraft was reported to have been lost on radar. Civil Air Patrol states they do not know of any emergency declared by the missing aircraft pilot. Pueblo airport spokespersons also confirm an overdue aircraft. Initially there was confusion because a second aircraft flying the same route at nearly the same time had arrived safely in Pueblo with 8 passengers aboard.

The tail number of the aircraft and identity of those aboard have not been released. The search area size also has not been released.



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