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FAA searching for missing plane that left from Harrison County Airport

Oct. 10, 2012 at 7:32 a.m.


Robin Y. Richardson

<a href="mailto:ryrichardson@marshallnewsmessenger.com">ryrichardson@marshallnewsmessenger.com</a>

The Federal Aviation Administration kicked off a search for a missing airplane registered in Marshall that left Harrison County Airport Tuesday morning en route to Casper, Wy.

According to friends of the occupants, some family members joined in the search arriving in Wyoming by private plane today.

"I heard the families are there now," said Lynn Lomax, a member of the local airport community. 

Billy Gee, owner of Bayou Aviation and operator of a flight school located at the county airport, was a passenger on the plane but was not piloting it, according to sources at Bayou Aviation.

According to postings on Facebook requesting prayer, passengers on the plane included Maverick Cayce, Chuck Ford and James Morgan, who are all from the Marshall and Longview areas.

Loved ones said the plane should have arrived at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, but never made it.

Abby Stevens, manager of Harrison County Airport, said the pilot and one of the passengers are at the airport every day.

"The FAA and military are looking for them," she said, noting the plane flew out of the county airport before 11 a.m. on Tuesday. "The search is still ongoing."

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