UPDATE: Plane now out of water; Search continues for pilot Fred Scholz
POSTED: Friday, February 10, 2012 - 7:18am
UPDATED: Friday, February 10, 2012 - 6:08pm
LAKE PALESTINE — The plane is now out of the water.
KETK will continue to update as the details emerge.
The plane has just reached the surface of the water. KETK is on the scene.
The photo below is Mr. Fred Scholz, the pilot who has been missing since Wednesday evening.
Family friends now tell KETK that Mr. Scholz is 85 years old.
The "ALERT" divers have just arrived on scene to assist with the plane recovery at Lake Palestine.
ALERT stands for Air Land Emergency Resource Team.
At least 4 dive teams have launched at Lake Palestine and are searching for the missing pilot.
Divers are preparing to enter the Lake Palestine early Friday morning.
KETK spoke with officials as they were preparing their equipment. The full interview is posted above.
Officials with the Anderson County game warden's office tell KETK that Friday morning's wind and rain will most likely affect their recovery efforts.
FAA officials along with DPS crews had originally planned to continue their search for the missing pilot and remove the plane from Lake Palestine at about 8:00 a.m. on Friday after working on the lake all day on Thursday.
KETK spoke with officials Friday morning who told us that they are still planning to meet on the lake at 8:00 a.m. and will access the situation to see how best to approach the recovery.
KETK has a crew on the scene, and will continue to provide the very latest information as it happens throughout the day.