Missing private plane located in Chautauqua County, pilot and passengers identified

Chautauqua County

UPDATE: 10 a.m., Nov. 2.

The Chautauqua County Sheriff tells News 4 the missing plane has been found.

The plane was located east of Route 60 in the Town of Ellicott around 9:25 a.m. Monday.

The sheriff’s office has released the names of the deceased: They are Alan Fuller, Valerie Holmes, and Linda Edwards. All were residents of northern Pennsylvania.

UPDATE: 8 a.m., Nov. 2

The search for a missing twin engine private plane will resume at 8:30 a.m. Monday morning, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office says.

The plan lost contact with air control around 5:47 a.m. on Nov. 1.

Emergency responders were dispatched to search area. There were 13 volunteer fire departments, five police agencies, Chautauqua County Emergency Services and airport personnel involved in the search- a total of about 135 searchers.

There were three people on board- the pilot, his sister, and a family friend. The plane had taken off from North Carolina and its destination was the Jamestown Airport.

Further details will be released as they become available, the sheriff’s office said.

TOWN OF ELLICOTT, N.Y. (WIVB) — Authorities in Chautauqua County are trying to find a missing plane.

The aircraft had been carrying a pilot and two passengers when air traffic controllers lost communication with it on Sunday evening.

The three people aboard had been flying from North Carolina to Jamestown.

A drone is being utilized in the search as the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office works with the Federal Aviation Administration and several other agencies and fire departments.

Anyone with any information on this plane’s whereabouts, or any wreckage, should call 911.

Evan Anstey is a digital content producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2015. See more of his work here.

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