Crews searching for a Maryland pilot who went missing Tuesday afternoon have narrowed their search to Franklin County, PA, based on calls to the missing pilot's cell phone.
David Weiss, 72, took off Tuesday right around lunchtime in his Cessna 172 from Maryland's Gaithersburg Airport, on what officials described as a routine proficiency flight. He was due to return to the airport at 2:30, but failed to show. Authorities believe Weiss is flying alone. They also said Weiss landed briefly at Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland before he took off again en route to Gaithersburg.
A Civil Air Patrol spokesman told the Associated Press that unanswered calls to Weiss's cell phone are being routed through a cell phone tower in Saint Thomas, PA -- indicating he may have gone down near there.
Public Opinion: Few clues to lost plane
:: I don't want to read into this. A cell phone is a good clue, but it's just a clue. Having a more focused search area does increase the POD dramatically.
There are a lot of folks helping with this. Keep up the good work folks. Bring him home.