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Search for missing pilot pursued in Rockies


April 15, 1997
Web posted at: 7:51 p.m. EDT (2351 GMT)

EAGLE, Colorado (CNN) -- Ground crews using metal detectors in the Rocky Mountains failed to detect anything of interest Tuesday in the search for U.S. Air Force Capt. Craig Button and his A-10 Thunderbolt, officials said.

Button, 32, and his plane vanished from radar screens during a routine training flight in Arizona on April 2. It is believed the plane crashed or landed in a mountainous area about 15 miles southwest of Vail.

The military remains convinced it is searching the right area "because of all the data we have at this point," Air Force Col. Denver Pletcher said. Investigators were analyzing dozens of satellite and radar images and intelligence information. The search is costing about $50,000 a day, or about $740,000 so far, Pletcher said.


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