April 19, 1997 in Nation/World

Air Force Scales Back Search For Warplane

Compiled From Wire Services

The Air Force said Friday that the aerial search for a missing A-10 warplane will be scaled back, but not suspended as officials said the day before.

Maj. Gen. Nels Running said daily aerial searches will end early next week but planes will likely make at least two later search runs. No missions by ground teams are planned.

Capt. Craig Button and his $9 million A-10 Thunderbolt haven’t been seen since April 2 when he took off from a Tucson base on a routine training mission and veered north, heading to Colorado with four bombs aboard.

The Air Force has spent nearly $1 million trying to find the plane.

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