Crews Expand Area As Search Enters Third Day
Crews expanded the search on Sunday for an aircraft, carrying
four British businessmen, missing since Friday in the Bahia region
of northeastern Brazil.
BBC reported the search is had been focusing on an area 20 miles
(32km) north of Ilheus, where an eyewitness said they had seen a
small plane flying unusually low and without lights on Friday
evening. The Press Association reports the search now includes a
400 sq. km. section of jungle in addition to the coastal searches
around the city.
The twin-engine Cessna 310 lost contact with air traffic
controllers 13 km off the coast, only nine minutes before it was
due to land.
Aboard were two pilots from Brazil's Aero Star airline and four
British businessmen identified as Alan Kempson, Nigel Hodges, Sean
Woodhall and Ricky Every.
Ellen Duarte, a spokesperson for the airline, stated the
aircraft's last contact with the Ilheus control tower was at 1743
local time as it flew south from Salvador, Bahia's state
"It was flying perfectly," she said. "The pilot said he was
making a visual approach to the airport, and that was the last we
Weather conditions were reported as good and pilots reported no
Coast Guard crews from Brazil and three helicopters had found no
signs of a crash in their search on Saturday. Several dozen rescue
workers have joined the continuing search in the expanded area. The
Brazilian air force, police and volunteers were searching for the
plane on land and sea, said Alan Bandeira, an official with
Brazil's Infraero airport authority in the state of Bahia to the
International Herald Tribune.
Local news media reported that authorities found what appeared
to be plane wreckage on Sunday, but Bandeira said he could not
confirm the information.
The four men were travelling from Salvador to Ilheus as part of
an exploratory trip connected to a future housing development
planned by Woodhall's firm, Worldwide Destinations.