Search Continues for Central Texas-Bound Plane Missing Near Louisiana-Arkansas Border

By: KEYE-TV/Associated Press
By: KEYE-TV/Associated Press

Authorities are searching for a Georgetown pilot who has been reported missing.

Charles Miller, 66, was flying a private plane from Ohio to Texas, when he stopped in El Dorado, Arkansas to refuel on Thursday. This is the last time his wife said she spoke with him.

Susan Miller said that around 8:39, her husband told her he was waiting out severe weather and stopped to refuel. He told her he would be home around 11. But when midnight came around, she started to worry.

Officials with the Air Force said Miller was returning from a high school reunion in Ohio, and said the flight should have taken around seven hours.

His plane was last seen flying over Louisiana, according to Air Patrol. They reported him missing on Friday morning.

“We all know about 300 scenarios that are very bad,” Susan Miller said, “ but we also know a lot of scenarios that horrible plane wrecks and people just walk away they get trapped and can’t get out. So that’s what we do, we are thinking good thoughts.”

Civil Air Patrol has several crews searching Arkansas and Louisiana, in the air and on ground. Officials tell Austin TV Station KEYE-TV that search area is too broad to pinpoint a location right now. However, a person in Lousiana, about 30 miles from El Dorado, told search teams there had been a low flying plane in the area Thursday night.

Millers single engine RV 7A plane is red and gray, with black and white stripes on the side. The tail number is N474JM.

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