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Pilot Still Missing

McCOMB, Miss. (AP)

 Civil Air Patrol members from Louisiana and Mississippi had found no signs Wednesday afternoon of a pilot and his plane missing since Friday. ``We haven't seen anything, and it's getting kind of frustrating,'' said Johnny Taylor, emergency services officer for the patrol's Mississippi wing.

 Jeff Allen, 48, of Brookhaven was flying his Cessna 152 from Ocean Springs to Brookhaven when the plane disappeared Friday. Allen had been participating as a musician in the play ``Always ... Patsy Cline'' at Grand Casino in Biloxi with McComb physician Larry Stewart. Stewart flew back in his own Cessna 172.

Civil Air Patrol members have focused their search in Pike and Lincoln counties. Taylor said searchers were concentrating Wednesday on areas around Bogue Chitto and Norfield in Lincoln County after someone reported hearing a plane near Norfield on Friday.

Authorities believe the plane, a high-wing, two-seater, went down around 2 a.m. The plane is cream colored with two orange stripes on the wings. As Stewart neared the McComb airport, he radioed Allen to tell him he could see the runway and thought he could land all right. Allen told Stewart to radio back when he landed, which he did. Allen didn't respond. ``I didn't think anything about it because my alternator had caused my lights to go out and I thought my radio wasn't working properly either,'' Stewart said.

 Brookhaven police found Allen's pickup truck at the local airport. Allen works with Route 1 Recording in Lawrence County. The search involves several planes and about 20 members of the Civil Air patrols in Louisiana and Mississippi. Taylor said he wasn't certain how long the search would last. He said that would be decided by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center in Langley, Va., which is overseeing the search.

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