An aircraft missing since Tuesday was located at about 12:45 p.m. today in an area called the "punch bowl" just north of the Pennsylvania state line, according to an announcement by the Maryland Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP). The pilot, 72-year-old David K. Weiss of Bethesda, did not survive.
Information developed last night allowed mission planners to design a search area focused on all faces of the "punch bowl" mountain formation in Maryland and Pennsylvania. The body of David Weiss was discovered in the wreckage of the Cessna he was piloting.
The pilot's sons, Steve and Mark Weiss, located the crash site and were joined by the CAP's Ground Team Alpha already at the the top of the mountain and descending to search the steep western slopes of "two-top mountain" leading into the punch bowl.
"Thanks to all the CAP personnel from the many wings that particiapted in this search. It was a taxing challenge," said Lt. Col. Kevin Redman, CAP's incident commander for the mission today. "Right now, please direct your thoughts and prayers to the family "
MDWG: Missing aircraft located
:: The letter above came with cookies for the CAP teams searching for SM Weiss, from his granddaughter. She's a Girl Scout, and it was her way of saying thank you.
I can't agree enough with Civil Airman where he points out that anyone in CAP who gets caught up in the minutia should remember days like this.
My thoughts are with David's family, friends, and fellow CAP airmen.