PETERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Officials say a plane that went missing days ago along the Virginia-West Virginia border has been located in eastern West Virginia.

West Virginia Civil Air Patrol spokesman Jeff Schrock said in a release Thursday night that a helicopter operated by the state police spotted the plane in a mountainous area of Hardy County, about 15 miles south of Moorefield.

Three people were on board when it dropped out of radio and radar contact on Sunday night, 12 miles south of the Grant County Airport in Petersburg. There was no immediate word on the conditions of those who were on the plane.

Family members have identified those on board as pilot Michael Garrone of Allegheny Township, Pa., 52-year-old Chas Armitage Jr. of Parks Township, Pa., and his girlfriend, 49-year-old Laura Stettmier.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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