GA Pilot, Plane Missing En Route To NC

Officials say the search will continue for a single-engine plane and its pilot, who went missing during a 38-mile flight from Georgia to North Carolina.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman said Saturday the Cessna left Cleveland, Georgia, for the Andrews-Murphy Airport in western North Carolina about 10 a.m. Friday.

Civil Air Patrol units from Georgia and North Carolina are looking for the plane and pilot Bill Allison, whose wife reported him missing. He had no passenger. Allison runs the Cherokee County airport in the Nantahala Forest.

Lieutenant Colonel David Crawford of the North Carolina Wing said Saturday evening the nearly 20-hour search had produced no leads. His unit planned to break for the night and resume searching early Sunday.

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