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Search Halted for Plane in Spain

October 12, 2001

MADRID, Spain (AP) _ Searchers failed again Thursday to locate a chartered plane carrying eight Americans and two Spanish crewmen that disappeared in bad weather en route from Spain to Algeria.

The plane was carrying seven employees and a partner in Consolidated Restorations Systems Inc., a mechanical engineering company based in Fairfield, Conn., said James C. Stotlar, who also is a partner.

The plane, owned by the company Flightline, was traveling from Barcelona to Algeria when it dropped off radar screens Wednesday morning off the east coast of Spain.

The search for the craft was suspended Thursday night, said Rafael Sancho, spokesman of Spain’s Air Rescue Service. He said the hunt would resume Friday.

``We have been searching nonstop in the area where the plane disappeared off the radars, without any result,″ Sancho said.

In the plane’s last known radio contact with Spanish aviation authorities, the pilot asked for a change of route due to bad weather, said a spokeswoman for the Public Works Ministry.

Storms have raked the area during the last few days.

The passengers included four men from Virginia Beach, Va., two from Fairfield; one from Coronado, Calif; and one from Nashville, Tenn., said Stotlar’s wife, Karen, a company representative. She said the company would not release their names until their fate has been determined.

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