Rescue crews search for missing men in plane


Published: Monday, December 1, 2008 at 5:13 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 1, 2008 at 5:13 p.m.

YANKEETOWN, Fla. -- The Coast Guard has found debris in the area being searched for two men whose plane lost radar contact with officials and may have crashed in the Gulf of Mexico near Yankeetown.

Authorities say 35-year-old Darien Peckham and 28-year-old Zachary Schlitt are missing. Their hometowns were not immediately known. The pair were headed from Tallahassee to Vandenberg Airport in Tampa when their single-engine, fixed-wing plane lost radar contact Sunday evening.

Among the debris found, the rescue crews located a seat and a flight bag that contained aviation head phones. The aircraft has not been found.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Katheleen Bergen says the last known position of the aircraft was over the water approximately 40 miles from Tampa.

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