- Associated Press - Sunday, April 12, 2015

LEBANON, Ind. (AP) - Searchers using cellphone and radar data on Sunday found the wreckage of a small two-seater plane missing since April 3 that apparently nose-dived into a rural field southwest of Lebanon and the pilot is presumed dead on board, a Civil Air Patrol spokesman said.

Lt. Col. Tim Turner said searchers couldn’t see inside the cockpit of the Yakovlev YAK-52 airplane because only the tail is visible above ground. He said the rest of the plane is surrounded by oil and water from recent rains. Turner said he believes 58-year-old pilot Glenn Foy of Indianapolis was the only person on the plane.

Foy left Eagle Creek Airport in Indianapolis on April 3, but wasn’t reported missing in April 6. Foy loved to fly and it wasn’t unusual for him to take off on a moment’s notice without telling anyone, so there wasn’t a lot of concern initially, Turner said.

Civil Air Patrol was called in Friday to help try to find the missing plane. Turner said the search initially began in the Muncie area, about 55 miles northeast of Indiana, because of radar data, but officials later learned that turned out to be a different plane. They then determined through other radar and cellphone data that Foy could last be traced to the Lebanon area, about 25 miles northwest of Indianapolis

The search began late Saturday night, but was called off after several hours because of darkness. It resumed early Sunday morning and the plane was found about 8:40 a.m. southwest of Lebanon, Turner said.

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash.

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