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  1. #1
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    MT - Brian Williams, Sonny Kless, Melissa Weaver, Erika Hoefer, 27 June 10

    I feel like this is a bizarre math problem. I hope they are all ok.

    All four flying a small plane 30 miles away to Glacier Natl Park. Ten minutes into the flight Erika posts a msg to her facebook account. Forty minutes later pilot checks in that he's east of Kalispell. An hour after that the women text each other. LE is tracking down the content of the text.

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/06/28...est=latestnews

    Authorities were searching Monday for a single-engine airplane carrying four people, including two Montana newspaper reporters, that took off the day before and did not return.
    The 1968 Piper airplane departed from Kalispell City Airport on Sunday afternoon with Sonny Kless, the Missoula man who rented the plane, another Missoula man and two reporters for the Daily Inter Lake newspaper of Kalispell — Melissa Weaver and Erika Hoefer.
    Weaver's roommate contacted the Flathead County Sheriff's Office and other agencies on Monday morning when Weaver had not returned or left a message.

    More at link:
    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/06/28...est=latestnews
    Last edited by Salem; 06-30-2010 at 09:27 PM.

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    It looks like maybe they were headed back.

    http://www.dailyinterlake.com/news/l...cc4c002e0.html

    (snips)
    Witnesses in the area reportedly observed a low-flying blue-and-white plane around 4 or 4:30 p.m. Sunday.
    The 1968 Piper Arrow, a blue-and-white single-engine airplane with a low wing, had taken off from Kalispell City Airport just after 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

    However, there was text messaging between Weaver and Hoefer at 3:47 p.m. A sheriff’s detective pursued a subpoena on Monday to access that information from a cell-phone company server.

    “The last text they sent pinged off the Ronan tower,” Freebury said. “That was our second confirmation, besides the radar data, that they were in that area.”
    Freebury said the content of the messages was not noteworthy.
    “They were just conversational texts, nothing significant at all,” he said.

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    http://billingsgazette.com/ - picture of two women included in article

    Not sure if this is applicable; however, the pilot has some issues in his past:

    [quote
    A Federal Aviation Administration pilot database lists a Sonny J. Kless who is a convicted felon. A man by that name was sentenced for robbery in Wyoming in December 2003. According to Missoulian files, a man named Sonny Kless has registered as a violent offender three separate times since 2005 at three separate addresses in the Missoula area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ricquelle View Post
    http://billingsgazette.com/ - picture of two women included in article

    Not sure if this is applicable; however, the pilot has some issues in his past:

    [quote
    A Federal Aviation Administration pilot database lists a Sonny J. Kless who is a convicted felon. A man by that name was sentenced for robbery in Wyoming in December 2003. According to Missoulian files, a man named Sonny Kless has registered as a violent offender three separate times since 2005 at three separate addresses in the Missoula area.
    ]
    [/quote]

    Such pretty women. I hope they are found today.

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    I've been puzzling over this one since last night - they have helicopters, planes, boats, and people on ATVs/horseback looking for them. I hope they're found safe, but it seems unlikely.

    It sounds like they were spotted flying quite low (under 300 feet AGL), in mountainous terrain...

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    Update on search...not much information, though

    http://www.dailyinterlake.com/news/l...cc4c03286.html

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    Some information on todays search efforts.
    earlier news reports are linked at the bottom of the following link.

    http://billingsgazette.com/news/stat...cc4c03286.html

    I pray they find them and by some miracle they are alive.
    ~JMO~

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    How unfortunate. Some plane crashes in the mountains are not found for decades, and some are never found. I hope that's not the case here.
    "Don't forget the kangaroo!"

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    Sad news:

    Per the Missoulian: No survivors: Four dead in crash of small airplane near Bison Range

    I'd hoped they'd survived and were walking out, but no. I'm glad they found them, at least.

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    Sad, but I am glad they were found.

    Prayers for the friends and family who are greiving the news.
    ~JMO~

    A grandfather is someone with silver in his hair and gold in his heart. ~Author Unknown


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