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Search continues for missing aircraft

December 15, 2010 – 9 p.m. – Officials have confirmed that the private aircraft that lost radar contact with both Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE) and Denver Center radar earlier today is registered to Barton Harris of Brownwood, Texas. The identity of the pilot and number of passengers, if any, are still unknown.

The aircraft, a Beech 60 Duke twin engine, lost radar contact at about 4:30 p.m. today (12/15). Emergency responders are searching an area north of Wolcott, the last place a signal was received.

Seven agencies and approximately 40 people are assisting in the search effort, including representatives from Eagle County Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting, Eagle County Ambulance District, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Eagle River Fire Protection District, Greater Eagle Fire Protection District, Vail Communications Center and Vail Mountain Search and Rescue.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.