TAOS, N.M. -- Civil Air Patrol pilots searched mountains in north central New Mexico Monday for a twin-engine airplane missing six days with a Taos family and the son of a Montana Supreme Court justice aboard.
'We're covering on each side of his flight path from Dulce to south of Taos,' said District 13 Civil Air Patrol field coordinator Ray Piper.
The CAP had 10 airplanes in the air Monday.
On board the missing aircraft were Wolfgang Pogzeba, a German native who has lived in Taos the past few years; his wife, Wen-An; their son, 6-month-old Jason; and Helena, Mont., attorney Pat Harrison, son of Montana Supreme Court Justice John C. Harrison.
The twin-engine Piper Seneca has been missing since last Tuesday, when it took off from Helena.
But radar records show the plane flew as far south as Dulce, N.M., headquarters of the Jicarilla Apache Tribe.
Piper said CAP pilots are still uncertain as to whether they heard an electronic locating transmitter.
'They think they heard one yesterday. Those (ELT) batteries go off when they get cold. And then they come back on when it warms up,' he said.
He said CAP pilots thought they heard the beacon twice Sunday, but another plane sent out to check on it failed to pick up a signal.