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Illinois and Indiana Wing search and rescue teams
wound up a two-day search by locating the wreckage of a home-built
aircraft near the Benton Municipal Airport in Southern Illinois.
The downed aircraft was located this morning by a CAP ground
team. The pilot was the sole occupant of the Rand KR-2 homebuilt
(similar model shown below). He did not survive the crash.
Illinois Wing Chief of Staff, Lt Col Rick Oeth,
served as the Mission Incident Commander. The Indiana Wing DO,
Maj Matt Creed, also joined in today's search efforts. CAP, along
with ESDA and police officials, participated in a press conference
held at 1300 hours CST. Lt Col Paul Hertel, Illinois Wing Deputy
PA and Group 1 Commander, served as the Mission Information
Adverse weather conditions grounded search planes
today. More information on the "find" will follow, but for now,
you can review some of the early media coverage by accessing the
Congratulations to all involved.
Col Joseph S. King, CAP
Illinois Wing Civil Air Patrol
Public Affairs Officer
Du Quoin Evening Call
Pinckneyville Pilot's Body, Wreckage Found
Monday, December 3, 2007 12:29 PM CST
BENTON - The three-day search for a 58-year-old
Pinckneyville pilot who took off Thursday afternoon from the Benton
Municipal Airport ended in a heavily wooded area immediately northwest of
the airport shortly after 9 a.m. Sunday.
Daniel J. Bradac Sr.'s body was found near the wreckage of what is
believed to be a home-built "kit" KR-2 aircraft. Bradac is said to have
purchased the aircraft--already constructed--earlier this year.
An FAA-ordered autopsy at an Indiana lab is planned, and the Federal
Aviation Administration was sending crash investigators to the site Monday
Funeral arrangements are pending at the Pyatt Funeral Home in
It is not known whether the crash took place after Bradac's takeoff in the
15-foot-long aircraft with its 20-foot wing span or upon his return to the
Bradac is said to have taken off from the Benton
Municipal Airport--which parallels I-57 west of the city--between 4 and
4:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon, just as darkness fell over Franklin County.
The Civil Air Patrol began its air and ground search for the plane and
pilot Friday morning.
At a Sunday afternoon press conference, Ryan Buckingham, Franklin County
Emergency Management Agency director, said the wreckage was never visible
from the air as planes criss-crossed the region in search patterns. The
Franklin County agency was joined by personnel from the Du Quoin Emergency
Management Services Agency and similar units from Jackson, Saline and
Du Quoin ESDA director David Searby said at one point there were four
Civil Air Patrol aircraft involved in the search with a fifth plane headed
for the region Sunday.
Illinois and Indiana Civil Air Patrol personnel were aided by the Red
Cross, the Franklin County Sheriff's Department, Benton Police Department
and the Rend Lake Corps of Engineers.
Searby said Du Quoin's mobile command center was
driven to the airport and became the base of operations.
"We initially deployed Friday at around 11:30 a.m. to the Benton Airport
and then at 4 a.m. Saturday we deployed to the Rend Lake Visitor Center,"
said Searby. The mobile unit was there until the search ended on Sunday.
"We had a minimum of two people there all the time. The operational aspect
was run by the Civil Air Patrol. They coordinated their ground teams and
their air teams. Then all of us with ESDA filled in the planning
logistics," Searby said.
"A ground team from Civil Air Patrol finally found it," he said. " It was
in a very dense thicket. They had actually overflown that area several
times," Searby said. "They knew how to focus their search from radar from
other airports," he said. He said those radar records can target an area
and show searchers when an aircraft may have taken off and how far it got.
"I was very impressed by the Civil Air Patrol.
"We certainly didn't want the result that we had, but everyone did their
job well," said Searby.
Had the wreckage not been found during the ground search, Army Corps of
Engineers personnel at Rend Lake along with divers were prepared to focus
on a search of Rend Lake itself.
Among Bradac's survivors are a wife, son, daughter, son-in-law and
grandson. Bradac is said to have been employed by Joy Manufacturing, Inc.
--John H. Croessman
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