Panhandle Family, Plane Missing After Fleeing Ivan

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A Florida Panhandle family of four and their small plane are still missing Tuesday, two weeks after the aircraft took off from an Alabama airport to flee Hurricane Ivan.

It was last heard from at 2:49 a.m. September 15 in the vicinity of Magee, Mississippi, about 40 miles southeast of Jackson. It took off from an airport just across the Florida state line with Alabama.

An airport worker fueled the plane and asked the pilot, Kevin Bomback of Molino, where he was going before he took off. An airport official says that Bomback replied that he didn't know, only that he wanted to get out ahead of the hurricane.

Officials say Bomback failed to file a flight plan and are unsure if his wife, Sherri, and their two children, 12 and 17, were aboard the twin-engine Cessna Skymaster.

Family members in Houston reported the family missing a few days ago. The family's car is still at the airport.

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