Snow hampers search for Texas family’s plane
August 17, 2008
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. ” A snow storm hampered search efforts Saturday for the small airplane of a Texas family who authorities say never reached home after leaving Colorado.
The four-seater Cessna 182 plane took off Friday, and a search began after concerned relatives told authorities early Saturday the family never arrived, Civil Air Patrol Maj. Mark Young said.
Young would not identify the family of four, who he said were from the Houston area, but called the pilot “very experienced.”
The plane did not file a flight plan, but Young said some radar and cell phone data had rescue teams focusing on an area along the Continental Divide.
“The search area is still enormous,” Young told The Associated Press.
A couple of ground teams remained searching late Saturday, Young said. Ten planes were expected to search over Colorado on Sunday, with other teams searching over New Mexico and Texas.
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Young said 6 inches of snow was on the ground in the area, and snow was continuing to fall. He said the weather, which he called unique for this time of year, was making the search difficult.
“It’s hard for people to imagine,” Young said of the weather, “but it’s Colorado.