Va. searchers seek missing plane from Fla.

AP News
Posted: Oct 11, 2013 1:03 PM

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — Crews are searching the Great Dismal Swamp Friday for a plane from Florida that didn't reach its Virginia destination.

State police say the search was launched Thursday after the Cessna took off from Fort Lauderdale for the Hampton Roads Executive Airport in Chesapeake but never made it. There was no immediate word whether the pilot was flying solo or with passengers.

The plane's signal was lost over the Great Dismal Swamp that is located over southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina.

State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller says there have been no reports of wreckage.

State police, the Civil Air Patrol, park rangers and rescue personnel searched on the ground and by boat through a densely forested area in the northern part of the swamp. An aerial search was grounded by weather conditions.