Crews continue search for missing plane

ELLIJAY, Ga. (AP) -- Crews are continuing their search of rugged terrain in the north Georgia mountains for signs of a missing plane with four people on board.

Maj. Paige Joyner of the Georgia Wing of the Civil Air Patrol said Wednesday afternoon that searchers have about 10 "areas of interest" they are targeting, based on tips from people in the area.

The plane, a Beechcraft Bonanza, was reported missing late Monday, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said.

Joyner said help from the public has been phenomenal. She said some people thought they saw the aircraft, but searchers so far have not come up with anything concrete.

Gilmer County Fire Chief Tony Pritchett has said that three of the plane's occupants are from Gilmer County, and the pilot is from Ohio.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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