Tip From Scouts Leads Crews To Deadly Plane Crash

6 years 8 months 1 week ago Monday, April 04 2011 Apr 4, 2011 Monday, April 04, 2011 11:36:00 AM CDT April 04, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Boy Scouts camping in Missouri's Mark Twain National Forest helped lead searchers to a small plane that crashed in a remote, wooded area, authorities said Monday.

The single-engine Piper Lance had been missing since it disappeared from the radar on March 27. The wreckage was found Friday in the southeast Missouri forest. Madison County Sheriff David Lewis, who was among the first at the wreckage scene, said the pilot and both passengers were ejected and died upon impact.

Madison County Coroner Chris Follis said the pilot was 61-year-old Lyle Anthony Fettig of the Milwaukee area. The passengers were 52-year-old Violet Badagliacco of Palos Hills, Ill., and 55-year-old Eun Young Reneau of Eau Claire, Wis.

Civil Air Patrol deputy operations director John Desmarais said the plane took off in Florida, stopped in Arkansas, then set off for Wisconsin. But soon after crossing into Missouri, the aircraft disappeared.

More than 50 Civil Air Patrol workers and seven aircraft took park in the lengthy search. At first, they searched the area near the Arkansas-Missouri border. But the Mark Twain National Forest covers thousands of square miles in southeast Missouri, making it difficult to spot wreckage. Cold, rainy weather didn't help. The
search dragged on.

Late last week, scouts who had been camping at the Marble Creek Campground near Fredericktown, Mo., arrived back home after a couple of days of camping and heard talk about a missing plane. The scouts told their parents they had been awakened by a low-flying plane. The campground is just a few miles from the crash site.

"Once those reports came in they were combined with the radar track analysis, and they figured out it was along that kind of route," Desmarais said. "They checked that area and found the wreckage."

Civil Air Patrol first spotted the wreckage by air. Lewis said chain saws had to be used to cut through the thick brush and woods before he and other searchers could get to the site.

Lewis said much of the plan had burned. The victims were found on the ground. The cause of the crash has not been determined. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating. An NTSB investigator did not respond to an interview request.

Fettig's sister, Peggy Dorzok, released a statement that read, in part, "It's hard to know what to say. It's a shock and feels unreal. ... He had so many friends and family waiting and praying for good news."

Desmarais said it is often difficult to find downed planes because pilots don't always follow a regimented flight plan. "With a search like this you've got to go on the clues you get from the public," he said.

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - For people in jail, it's sometimes difficult to get together the funds to bail out. That's where... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 10:24:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in News
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama Republican Roy Moore, beset by allegations of sexual misconduct, lost his bid to become a senator.... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 9:30:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The former Cole County Chief Juvenile Officer sued his former boss and the Cole County Commission Tuesday,... More >>
11 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 7:33:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in News
BOONE COUNTY - An abandoned car caught fire Tuesday at the intersection of East Broadway and South Rolling Hills Road.... More >>
12 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 7:21:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The man found dead at an Old Hawthorne home Monday morning was the son of a Clark County... More >>
12 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 7:21:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Missouri has entered in a new foster care study that will look at foster parent recruitment and retention.... More >>
12 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 6:51:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in News
AUDRAIN COUNTY - A criminal investigation was underway Tuesday after a man's death and a vehicle fire. Foul play was... More >>
14 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 5:08:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The 2018 Jefferson City council elections only have one contested seat: 5th Ward Council member. Incumbent... More >>
14 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 4:41:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Cover Missouri, a coalition promoting sign ups for the Affordable Care Act, held an open-enrollment event at the... More >>
14 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 4:41:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Police are still investigating the death of Augustus Roberts, the man found dead at a home in the... More >>
15 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 3:46:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The Truman VA’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) went live with a new Tele-ICU technology on Tuesday. Tele-ICU... More >>
15 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 3:46:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - Troopers arrested a man on Tuesday after a high-speed chase which started south of Ashland and ended in... More >>
15 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 3:38:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in News
VERSAILLES - Prosecutors filed charges against three employees of the Morgan County Jail on Monday, including a nurse accused of... More >>
16 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 2:37:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Missouri has become the 34th state, in addition to two territories, to accept a nationwide public safety network.... More >>
16 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 2:35:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in News
NEVADA (AP) — Two inmates who were captured soon after breaking out of a western Missouri jail face new charges.... More >>
17 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 2:20:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in News
ASHLAND – Those who live around Ashland were able to avoid paying an online convenience fee or driving to Columbia... More >>
17 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 2:16:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Legislation for a primary seatbelt law has been filed by the Missouri House Transportation Committee chairman. This... More >>
18 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 1:03:00 PM CST December 12, 2017 in Top Stories
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Firefighters have found two bodies while battling a blaze in a Kansas City, Kansas, home.... More >>
19 hours ago Tuesday, December 12 2017 Dec 12, 2017 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 11:53:16 AM CST December 12, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 32°
8am 36°
9am 42°
10am 45°
11am 48°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

7:00a
Today
9:00a
Megyn Kelly TODAY
10:00a
Today with Kathie Lee & Hoda
7:00a
Maury
8:00a
The Steve Wilkos Show
9:00a
The Steve Wilkos Show

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Wall
8:00p
Golden Globe 75th Anniversary Special
7:00p
Riverdale
8:00p
Dynasty
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld