Mystery shrouds missing Marion County plane, pilot

Theodore Weiss never arrived at destination in Zephyrhills


DUNNELLON, Fla. – A single-engine plane carrying one person remains missing after taking off in Marion County on Saturday, according to officials.

Marion County sheriff's Capt. James Pogue on Tuesday said the plane departed from Dunnellon/Marion County Airport at 15070 SW 111th St. in Dunnellon.

The pilot, 74-year-old Theodore Weiss, never arrived at his destination in Zephyrhills, the airport manager said. The flight should have been around 40 minutes.

The plane was described as a white experimental-type, two-seat, low-wing aircraft with a green stripe and "N229P" on the tail section.

Weiss, who has more than 50 years of flying experience, was visiting a friend who has a hangar in Dunnellon and flies back and forth to Florida from New York.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office, Citrus County Sheriff's Office, Federal Aviation
Administration and the U.S. Air Force have joined forces in the search for the missing plane.

Pilots don't have to file a flight plan from point A to point B in that type of private plane, so it's not clear where he could have ended up.

The news comes two days after two people were killed when their small plane crashed as they filmed a zombie movie in Marion County.

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