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UPDATED WITH BODY FOUND: Plane takes off from Norwalk, crashes in Arkansas

Associated Press • Aug 24, 2010 at 12:13 AM

The wreckage of a plane that started out from Norwalk and was reported missing Friday morning after a fuel stop in Arkansas was found Monday afternoon.

The body of the pilot was also found, the Federal Aviation Administration reported, but said the pilot’s identity was not immediately known.

However, the wife of Charles Miller, 66, of Georgetown, Texas, told the Statesman newspaper she spoke to her husband by phone Thursday night, just before he was to take off from the airport at El Dorado, Ark., where he had stopped for fuel.

“He called at 8:39 and said he was fixing to take off,” she told the Statesman. “There were people who saw the plane take off, so we know for sure he left.”

She said Miller had been in Norwalk for a class reunion. She reported him missing Friday morning when he did not land in Georgetown as scheduled.

The Civil Air Patrol said searchers spotted the wreckage of the single-engine RV-7 from the air at about 2 p.m. Monday near the airport at El Dorado.

The RV-7 is a popular model of home-built private airplane. It can hold two people and is about 20 feet long with a 25 foot wingspan, according to the website of Van’s Aircraft, which designed it. Depending on the engine used, it can go up to 217 mph with a range of up to 835 miles.

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