Residents panic after false reports of missing plane in Culberson County

Residents panic after false reports of missing plane in Culberson County

CULBERSON COUNTY, TX (KWES) - A plane traveling to Culberson County last night didn't make it to the airport.
It sent residents into panic but it was found shortly after.

The plane was traveling from Arkansas and had five occupants.
Officials said there wasn't any kind of need for panic and it might have all just been a miscommunication.

Culberson County Sheriff Oscar Carrillo said calls started coming in about 10 p.m. Saturday night asking for assistance in locating a missing plane.
"Calls were from a federal agency, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) calling the sheriff's office requesting assistance in locating a missing plane," said Carrillo.

Carrillo said calls from Civil Air Patrol also came in who were looking for a plane they believed was missing and may have even gone "down." 
"By about 2 o'clock in the morning [Sunday] it was determined that there was no plane. Well, there was a plane and it did land in an area north of Culberson county," said Carrillo.

The plane they believed to have been missing landed in an Undisclosed location that the military uses for training. Sheriff Carrillo said The Van Horn airport did not have any information for the landing of that plane. The plane did not detour and Carrillo believes it was their intention to land on the private property all along.

Carrillo said, "I think the miscommunication was two federal agencies not talking to each other. Whoever is running these area 51 landings just didn't clear it with FAA. FAA is doing their job and basically notified the locals for assisting with the search and rescue."
Sheriff Carrillo said ground search was called off at 2 a.m. Sunday, just four hours after calls to the department started asking for assistance.

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