- Associated Press - Saturday, March 12, 2016

FRANKFORT, Maine (AP) - Searchers in Maine are looking for the wreckage of a small plane that went missing in a storm in 1972.

The plane was piloted by 28-year-old Billy Hogan of Houlton, who was flying home from Connecticut on May 2, 1972.

WGME-TV reports (https://bit.ly/21n9sdN) that searchers set out from the General Store in Frankfort on Saturday to hike up Mount Waldo, where a lost hiker in the late 1970s saw a large depression and plane engine, but did not report the siting until recently.

Aerial searches will also be conducted.

Mount Waldo is more than 1,000 feet high and overlooks Penobscot Bay.

Jerome Hogan tells WGME the Augusta beacon was out of service that night and controllers at Brunswick Naval Air Station told his older brother to follow shoreline.

“They told him to follow the coastal route,” Hogan said. “So that would be right there where that mountain is.”

The hiker who may have spotted the wreckage decades ago, Diane White, said she panicked and left to find her children. Her family soon moved out of state.

White said it wasn’t until two months ago that she read a news story about Jerome Hogan’s search for his brother’s plane and body that she reported what she’d seen when she’d been lost on the mountain.

“I wish now I could have saved that family a lot of wondering all these years,” White said. “So if it is, I’ll feel good that they found it. But I’ll feel even worse that I hadn’t told them it was there.”

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