Missing small plane that departed Richmond airport found in Pennsylvania

Posted at 5:13 PM, Oct 17, 2016


RICHMOND, Va. – A missing single-engine plane that departed from Richmond International Airport on Sunday afternoon en route to Ontario, Canada has been found in Potter County, Pennsylvania Monday night, according to CNN affiliate WKBW in Buffalo.

No further details were released including the status of the plane or the three passengers who were on-board.

The plane owned by St. Catharines Flying Club reportedly changed course to avoid a thunderstorm. After the change of course, the FAA lost contact with the plane near Potter County, Pennsylvania at 6:58 p.m.

The Piper Cherokee airplane reportedly had three people on board, according to Buffalo station WKBW.

The search for the missing plane focused in the areas of Potter, McKean, Cameron and Elk Counties just south of the New York state line in northwestern Pennsylvania.

The FAA released a statement concerning the missing plane that read:

“The FAA lost radar contact near Potter County, PA with a Piper PA28 that was enroute from Richmond International Airport to St Catherine/Niagara District Airport, Canada October 16 at 6:58 pm. The FAA issued a notice to air traffic facilities, pilots and airports to report to the FAA if they locate the aircraft. Local authorities are also conducting a search for the aircraft. This statement will be updated when more information becomes available.”