BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Flight and ground crews from Civil Air Patrol’s Utah Wing are working with several area sheriffs and are searching for a missing aircraft that departed Central California bound for Gillette, Wyoming on Sunday, Nov, 25th.
The plane disappeared from radar on Sunday shortly after making a refueling stop in Fillmore, Utah. It was enroute from Bakersfield, Calif. back to Gillette with Matthew Ahrens, Trista Meyer and nine-year-old Shyann Lenz.
Family members notified the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center that the aircraft, a single engine Piper Archer II, was overdue Monday afternoon at which time the Air Force alerted the Civil Air Patrol who immediately began an aerial search into the night.
The Civil Air Patrol spent the night gathering information to a last known position of the aircraft. Five Civil Air Patrol aircraft are searching Central and Northeastern Utah for signs of the missing aircraft.