CAP Pilot: "It's Eating Our Hearts Out"
There's still no sign
of retired Muskogee, OK, physician Jack Nolen -- nor of his
two-place Kitfox Lite2 -- both missing since January 14th. As ANN
reported on Friday, the Oklahoma Wing of the Civil Air Patrol has
scoured hundreds of square miles between Paris, TX, where the
aircraft was last seen, and Shawnee, OK, hoping to find some sign
of the 72-year old physician.
After only a week, the dedication of the CAP
personnel involved in the search was all too apparent.
On the ground and in the air, the CAP had spent collectively 3,000
man hours trying to find Nolen.
"We have pulled out everything we can think of but we haven't
gotten anywhere," Capt. Don Foster, Civil Air Patrol pilot and
public affairs officer, said Saturday, in an interview with the
Muskogee Phoenix. "It's eating our hearts out. It's like searching
for a needle in a haystack. Every lead and procedure has been
utilized, but nobody has come up with anything yet."
Across Oklahoma, those involved in the search have come up with
nothing at all. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol and local sheriff's
departments have found nothing. "Normally we find them," Foster
said. "It's almost as if he has vanished."
Foster told the Phoenix that the weather was fine when Nolen
left Paris. The weather, in fact, was just fine in Shawnee. But in
between, Foster said, "There was a low cloud ceiling and mist, and
he wasn't familiar with the plane. It had to be a scary
On top of that, one airport official in Paris said Nolen was
having trouble with his GPS shortly before he was seen last.
And so, Foster and other CAP pilots continue to fly up to eight
hours a day looking for Nolen, while CAP cadets scour the
"We will search until they tell us to stop," said cadet Lt. Xan
Bryant. "Where is he?"