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Debris found on mountain; may be missing warplane

BUTTON

April 20, 1997
Web posted at: 5:48 p.m. EDT (2148 GMT)

EAGLE, Colorado (CNN) -- Searchers located metal objects Sunday they believe to be the wreckage of a missing A-10 Thunderbolt warplane, an Air Force source told CNN.

The plane, piloted by Air Force Capt. Craig Button and carrying four 500-pound bombs, disappeared April 2 while on a training mission over Arizona.

Button, 32, suddenly broke away from a three-plane formation and has not been heard from since. He and the plane have been the object of a massive search.

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The Air Force source said what appeared to be wreckage from the plane was spotted from the air Sunday on or near New York Mountain, near Vail, Colorado.

No ground crews had reached the site, but additional air crews were dispatched for further investigation.

The Air Force scheduled a news conference for 5 p.m.

 
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