Minden-Tahoe Airport pilot missing; plane overdue

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Updated: 2/07/2013 3:25 pm

MINDEN, Nev. (AP) — Search and rescue teams in Douglas County are looking for a missing airplane.

The sheriff's office said 46-year-old Keith Jorgenson of Gardnerville took off in a small plane from the Minden-Tahoe Airport at about 5 p.m. Wednesday. He had planned to return to the air field south of Carson City before dark but has not been seen since.

Sgt. Jim Halsey said Thursday that Jorgenson was the only one on the Cessna 172. He says they've been checking other airports including Carson City and Mono County, Calif., but haven't found Jorgenson or the plane.

He said they've also been unsuccessful at picking up any signals from a distress radio beacon on the plane.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane is owned by James McFadden of Garnerville.


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