Texas Group Joins in Search for Missing Plane

Today marks two weeks since a small plane went missing in Jackson County. A group from Texas has decided to help in the search. News 25’s Shelby Graham met up with them to hear their update.
It has now been two weeks since the plane went down in the Mississippi Sound, killing the pilot and his two passengers. Despite a number of searches, no one has been found. This week, a new team from Texas has joined the search. Director of Texas Echo Search Tim Miller said, “Family members called me. We actually talked to the sheriff and then talked to his investigator in charge and they said we can certainly use y’all out here.”
The Texas Echo Search specializes in finding missing planes, cars, and people. They use three different types of sonar equipment. The group has teamed up with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, hoping to provide answers for the families who have lost so much.
Miller said, “Sonar work in recovers of a couple airplanes and many cars and many people and stuff. It felt as though our equipment knowledge could be an asset to the search efforts.”
The Texas Echo group brought two boats with them along with all of their equipment. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department also donated their boat to the search.
Crews began their search on Sunday and haven’t had any luck yet but with new information being released from the FAA all of that might change. “Within the last hour, maybe, we got some data from that that could be a little bit more valuable and maybe get us in another area that we need to be,” said Miller.
Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell says radar images from the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport are shedding new light on the case, providing insight they hope to use to bring closure to all involved. “We really want to try to do everything within our power so that we can help the family. It’s personal and we want to do what we can for them,” said Ezell.
The Texas Echo group will stay until they feel they have successfully searched throughout Jackson County.

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