Civil Air Patrol Activated to Search for Missing Casey Plane

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UPDATE: Emergency crews from the Illinois Wing of the Civil Air Patrol have found the wreckage of a small Cessna C172 aircraft that has been missing since last Friday.

Search efforts began after the plane was reported overdue for its arrival back in Casey, Illinois.

Crews located the aircraft on Saturday, August 22, after an extensive search of the air and ground in the vicinity of Weir, Illinois. This unincorporated community is located approximately 25 miles southwest of Terre Haute, Indiana. Local authorities say the crash site lies in rural Martinsville.

Personnel spotted the wreckage in a farm field, and a ground search team secured the site before turning responsibility over to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office says in an online post that they located the pilot at the scene of the crash. The pilot was fatally injured. There is no further information on the crash at this time.

Several other agencies and local law enforcement were on the scene assisting with rescue and investigation efforts.

This crash is under investigation by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. We will provide more information as it becomes available.


CASEY – The Illinois Wing Civil Air Patrol Headquarters in West Chicago announces emergency crews from the Civil Air Patrol have been activated to help search for a small aircraft that has been missing since Friday, August 21.

This missing aircraft is a Cessna C172 that was last known to be in the vicinity of Casey, Illinois. It departed from the Casey Airport on Friday, and it was due to return to the town later.

Over 50 personnel from the Illinois Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) are tasked with assisting in the search. CAP is using a combination of air crews and ground search teams for the search. The patrol is also utilizing cell phone forensic specialists to use cell phone data from the plane’s passengers to help narrow down the search area.

“Our focus is on using all of our available capabilities to conduct this search as quickly and safely as possible,” says Illinois Wing CAP Commander Colonel Rick Oeth.

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