Update: Missing plane found in Lake Palestine

Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 10:50am

JACKSONVILLE — Neighbors and close friends of the pilot's family tell Fox 51, the pilot's name is Fred Scholz. The family has been notified of the situation.

Friends of Mr. Scholz tell us, he is an 82-year old man from Iowa, with a part time residence in the Frankston area.

JACKSONVILLE — Fox 51 crews on scene are reporting that recovery crews are searching the area near the Aero Estates Air Park.

Fox 51 crews have just arrived on scene.

Texas Parks and Wildlife divers are preparing to launch into the water near the dam in the southern portion of Lake Palestine.

The missing plane has been found in Lake Palestine, according to airport officials. Divers are currently on the scene.

The plane is reportedly owned by a Frankston man, who would have been flying the plane on Wednesday evening.

Family members believe he was travelling alone.

The Henderson County Game Warden found the plane early Thursday morning.


Texas Wing, Civil Air Patrol (CAP), is searching for a low wing aircraft flying from Jacksonville, Texas to Frankston, Texas that has been reported overdue. The aircraft took off at approximately 5:40 pm Wednesday and failed to arrive at its intended destination. The pilot flying the single engine Varga, described as primarily orange in color had one passenger aboard. The Varga is a fixed gear, low wing, two seat aircraft with a plexi-glass cockpit cover. The wing span is 30’ and is 21 feet long. Picture of a similar aircraft attached.

The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) at Tyndall AFB, Florida has requested Civil Air Patrol (CAP) to conduct aerial and ground searches. Any information that anyone could provide about the plane from Jacksonville to the Aero Estates area, around Lake Palestine from 5:40 pm to 7:00 pm would be appreciated. Please contact either Maj. Steve Hudson or the Henderson County Sheriff’s Department.

Information from: Maj. Sandra Smith, Public Information Officer, CAP


About the Civil Air Patrol:
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 54 lives in fiscal year 2011. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 70 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans.



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