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Aircraft found near search area

December 16, 2010 – 8 a.m. – A National Guard OS58 helicopter crew has spotted the wreckage of an aircraft approximately 3.5 miles north of Edwards, near the area where a private plane lost radar contact with Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE) yesterday. The crew, based out of the High-Altitude Air National Guard Aviation Training Site (HAATS) at EGE, reported the sighting at approximately 7:15 a.m. this morning. Tail numbers of the downed aircraft have not been confirmed.

Yesterday’s missing aircraft is a Beech 60 Duke twin engine, registered to Barton Harris of Brownwood, Texas. The identity of the pilot and number of passengers, if any, are still unknown. The plane lost radar contact at about 4:30 p.m. yesterday (12/15). Emergency responders worked through the night searching an area surrounding the last place a signal was received.

Rescue crews are headed to the site of the wreckage, which is at an elevation of approximately 10,800 feet. More information will be released as it becomes available.