A Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman says authorities in north Georgia are looking for a missing plane with four people on board. FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says the plane, a Beechcraft Bonanza, was reported missing late Monday.
Maj. Paige Joyner, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, said Tuesday a search from the air and on the ground was getting underway. She says the plane departed the Gilmer County Airport in Ellijay at for a sightseeing trip within a 50-mile radius of the airport.
A massive search took place for the missing plane and its passengers on Tuesday. Crews scoured the broad search area from the air and with all-terrain vehicles on the ground looking for any signs of them. Some of those taking part in the search told FOX 5 that the pilot was from Ohio, but he was in town for a high school reunion.
Bergen says the family of some of those on board called the airport when the plane didn't return as expected. She says the flight had no contact with air traffic controllers.
Authorities say there was a beacon emergency locator on board the plane, but so far they haven’t heard anything from it.
Authorities have not released the names of the pilot or any of the passengers onboard the plane. Friends tell FOX 5 the pilot's name is Phil Key, and that the passengers on the plane with him were all classmates who had attended his 50th high school reunion. Those who know Key say he offered the aerial tours as a door prize at the class reunion, and he had done a similar tour on Sunday.