Search continues for missing Gillette plane

2012-11-29T22:00:00Z 2012-11-29T22:25:22Z Search continues for missing Gillette planeJournal staff Rapid City Journal
November 29, 2012 10:00 pm  • 

The search for a small aircraft missing in Utah’s rugged mountain country since Sunday will resume Friday, according to Lt. Col. Stu Boyd of the Utah Civil Air Patrol.

“There were no results today,” Boyd said. “Nine planes flew 18 sorties.”

Two ground teams coordinated the search with the aircraft.

The missing plane, carrying pilot Matthew Ahrens, 37, Trista Meyer, 34, and Meyer’s 9-year-old daughter Shyann Lenz, left Bakersfield, Calif., on Sunday to return to Gillette, Wyo.

Boyd said the area where the search is concentrated is extremely challenging. Mountains range in varying heights from 5,000 feet to 12,500 feet, he said. “It’s some of the ruggedest terrain you could find."

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