October 4, 2011
The Rockingham County Sheriff's Office says earlier reports that a small plane that went missing in a remote area along the Virginia-West Virginia border was found in Rockingham County are incorrect.
The Sheriff's Office originally confirmed to WHSV-TV in Harrisonburg that the missing plane was found in Rockingham County, but later renounced that statement.
The Piper PA32 Saratoga was flying to Johnstown, Pa., when air-traffic controllers lost contact with it around 8:45 p.m. Sunday.
The Civil Air Patrol says the fixed-wing plane's last known position was 12 miles south of the Grant County Airport in Petersburg.
Searchers are focusing on the rugged mountains of neighboring
Hardy County. Three people were believed to be on board.
Mike Rembold of General Aviation in Danville, Va., tells the Danville Register & Bee that the flight originated in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Rembold says the plane stopped at the Danville airport to drop off the pilot's wife before heading to Pennsylvania.