October 24, 2014 - Theodore T. “Teddy” Weiss of
Florida had departed from Marion County
Airport in Dunnellon on
April 5th in his single-engine, two seater,
Sonex experimental aircraft (N229P) for
Zephyrhills Municipal airport but never made it.
On April 7th, Weiss and his aircraft were
reported missing and overdue. At the time of his
departure, about 2 PM, weather conditions were
reported to be good. Witnesses at the airport
reported Weiss had departed runway 28,
everything appeared to be normal and the
aircraft had flown in a southerly direction.
Authorities searched over 250 square miles of
forest, using all-terrain vehicles, helicopters,
hikers and horseback with no luck in locating
the 74 year old pilot and his homebuilt
aircraft. No signal was received from his
aircraft's emergency locator beacon (ELT).