THE PLT DID NOT OBTAIN A WX BRIEFING OR FILE A FLT PLAN BEFORE DEPARTURE. HE HAD A MEETING PLANNED FOR LATER THAT EVENING. REVIEW OF RECORDED FAA ATC CONVERSATIONS WITH THE PLT REVEALED THAT AFTER TAKEOFF CLEARANCE WAS RECEIVED, NO FURTHER TRANSMISSIONS WERE RECEIVED. THE FLT FAILED TO RETURN TO THE DEPARTURE ARPT. THE ACFT HAS NOT BEEN LOCATED. REVIEW OF THE AIRFRAME & ENG LOGBOOKS REVEALED THAT THE PLT/OWNER PERFORMED PREVENTATIVE MAINT BEYOND THE SCOPE & INTENT OF THE REGULATION. ACCORDING TO CIVIL AIR PATROL PERSONNEL, THE ACFT WAS SPOTTED 1 HOUR 25 MINUTES AFTER DEPARTURE AT AN airport LOCATED 9 NAUTICAL MILES SSE OF THE DEPARTURE airport, PERFORMING TOUCH AND GO LANDINGS. THE ACFT THEN DEPARTED TO THE NW. SATELLITE PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN 4, 26, & 56 MINUTES AFTER TAKEOFF SHOW NO SIGNIFICANT WX IN THE AREA. CAUSE: UNDETERMINED.
Flier Still Can't Be Found After Search In Brevard
April 29, 1991 MELBOURNE — Civil Air Patrol officials scoured parts of Central Florida this weekend for a 61-year-old former Air Force officer who disappeared Wednesday after a solo flight.
The man, whom officials refused to identify because of a request from his family, left Melbourne Regional Airport about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, said patrol Lt. Col. Cheryl Miller. His single-engine Piper Commanche is white with red and black trim.
AROUND CENTRAL FLORIDA BRIEFS
Civil Air Patrol Suspends Search For Missing Pilot
May 7, 1991 MELBOURNE — The Civil Air Patrol has suspended its search for a Melbourne pilot missing since April 24 but volunteers said they haven't given up hope.
''We'll be manning a 24-hour hot line indefinitely,'' said the Rev. Joe Hunt of the Lockmar Baptist Church, where pilot Jack Murrian is a deacon. The number is 984-0191.
Murrian, 61, was last seen April 24 when he took off at 4:30 p.m. from Melbourne Regional Airport in his single-engine Piper Commanche. Civil Air Patrol pilots searched for 11 days.
Date of Last Contact: October 3, 1982
Missing From: Fayetteville, North Carolina
Missing Age: 42 Years
Height: 5' 10" (70 Inches)
Weight: 214 lbs
Circumstances of Disappearance: James Edward Lewis, of Fayetteville, NC, left home on October 3, 1982 in a white Ford Fiesta. He told his family that he was going to Vero Beach, FL to interview for a job ferrying Piper airplanes from the dealer to buyers.
Jim Lewis was a recently-retired major with 25 years in the US Army -- a Ranger, founding member of the "Golden Knights" U.S. Army Parachute Team, a highly-decorated and wounded Vietnam veteran, a skilled pilot with commercial and seaplane ratings, as well as a dedicated husband and father.
It was his habit on trips away from home to stay in phone contact with his wife; however, after his October 3 departure, he did not call home.
In January 1983, Ms. Lewis received a call from a parking-lot attendant at the Fayetteville Municipal Airport informing her that the Ford Fiesta had been parked in the long-term lot since October 6, and was accumulating fees. The family reported the discovery of the vehicle to Fayetteville police, but the car was repossessed by the finance company before authorities investigated.
In 1992, reading a news report of remains found in a nearby county, The family contacted the Hoke County Sheriff's Department but the discovered remains were determined to be those of another deceased. Soon after, The family had James Lewis declared legally dead. However, his remains were never found.
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