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Group from Texas joins search for missing plane

The search continues in the Mississippi Sound for the three men on board and plane debris. (Photo source: WLOX) The search continues in the Mississippi Sound for the three men on board and plane debris. (Photo source: WLOX)
PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) -

Two weeks after a small plane went missing just minutes into flight, the search continues in the Mississippi Sound for the three men on board and plane debris.

"We've been out here every day for the last several weeks, and we haven't stopped. We haven't found anything lately,” said Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell.

While the search efforts have appeared to be at a standstill, the Jackson County Sheriff's department has called on Texas EquuSearch. With its high tech sonar equipment the group stayed on the water searching Monday from sun up till sun down.

"When they seen some pictures from some other searches that we've done, they said we don't have anything that's even close to the quality equipment of what y'all have," said Texas EquuSearch executive director Timothy Miller.

The equipment Miller was talking about provides high resolution pictures from the sea floor. Miller and his group have been all over taking part in searches including Aruba, looking for Natalie Holloway.

They've had their share of success.

"We've actually found a couple of planes before that were missed by the Coast Guard, one in New York and one in Texas," said Miller.

Miller is optimistic about this search based on the small plane pieces that have been found. While seats and the motor haven't been recovered, he said it's possible the cabin could still be intact.

"We think there's something out there that's findable," Miller said. 

Texas EquuSearch is a volunteer group and a personal experience is what drives Miller to keep searching.

"I've been where these families have been one time in my life when my own daughter disappeared. I know what they go through. I've got a compassion for the family and a passion for what we do, and I think that makes a big difference."

Following the weekend weather, the water conditions weren't ideal Monday. That’s something Miller would like to see change.

"As rough as the waves are, as much as the boat is turning and twisting, we're not smooth enough to get the images that we want," said Miller. "When the weather cooperates with us and we get the right luck and God puts us in the right place, hopefully we can bring it to a close."

Texas EquuSearch has done their own examination of the recovered plane debris and studied cell phone records to help determine a search area. They're also planning to use drones in the search.

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