Search for missing plane near Meeker continues

Meeker (AP) - The search for a missing plane with four Reno, Nev., men on board will focus on an area about 25 miles east of town after rescuers spent Sunday searching with no results.

The single-engine Piper Cherokee disappeared Tuesday after stopping for fuel as the men were trying to get to Denver for the hockey game bewteen Colorado Avalanche & the New Jersey Devils.

Witnesses said they heard an aircraft on Tuesday flying at a low altitude in the rugged mountains about 160 miles northeast of Denver, Rio Blanco sheriff's spokeman Roy Kinney said. Searchers, unable to confirm the reports Sunday, will return to the area on Monday.

The Colorado Civil Air Patrol and the sherrif's dept. have followed up on similar reports in previous days, with no isgn of the plane, Kinney said.

The Reno Gazette-Journal identified the poeple on the plane as pilot Richard "Dan" Filippe and passengers Ross "Roscoe" Jones, Jon Peters and his brother Mark Peters.

Air traffic controllers were not in contact with the plane, nor were they tracking it. No flight plan was filed.

The FAA has searched its Tuesday radar data and could not pinpoint the airplane which was flying through a heavily traveled air corridor, said Mike O'Connor, regional duty officer in Seattle.

No emergency locator signals have been received from the plane.

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