Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Cessna 210A, N68640 Search for plane that vanished on flight from Erie to Utah suspended after two weeks

http://registry.faa.gov/N68640 

The search for a plane that went missing during a flight from Erie to Utah, has been suspended, with rescue crews finding no sign of the plane after two weeks of searching. 

The pilot, identified Friday as Quentin Aschoff, 67, of Bend, Oregon, took off from Erie at 8 a.m. in a Cessna 210 and was scheduled to arrive in Richfield, Utah, at around 11:30 a.m. Richfield is about 225 miles west of Grand Junction.

According to a release from the Colorado wing of the Civil Air Patrol, Aschoff was planning on following Interstate 70 but, according to radar, diverted east after reaching the Loveland Pass and began following U.S. 285. The last radar contact with the plane was near Grant, Colorado, and cell phone signals ceased about 30 minutes after that.

The plane did not have an operating transponder and Aschoff did not file a flight plan, according to Civil Air Patrol Lt. Col. Mike Daniels.

Civil Air Patrol aircrews flew 24 searches with 10 aircraft, covering a search area from the last radar contact to the Utah border, with the search concentrated around the ridges north and northwest of South Park, the routes between Kenosha Pass and I-70 at Silverton and Copper Mountain.

Searchers encountered wind and snow in the search area, and at one point had to suspend the search due to weather.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.dailycamera.com

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