Search Is On for 82-Year-Old Pilot and His Homemade Plane, Michigan Authorities Say

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This plane, piloted by an elderly Michigan man, has gone missing, authorities said.Handout

Michigan police and civil aviation authorities are searching for an elderly pilot who took off from Dowagiac Municipal Airport in his homemade plane and has not returned, officials said.

Richard Martin is a fixture at Michigan's Dowagiac Municipal Airport, where he regularly flies his homemade plane for a few hours on Sundays.

But the 82-year-old hasn't been seen since he took off Sunday morning at the controls of his aircraft, with the tail number N569SX. 

A family member reported Martin missing Sunday night, after waiting several hours for his return.

Representatives of the Michigan State Police, the FAA, the Civil Air Patrol and South Bend Air Traffic Control are searching for any information that would lead them to Martin and his Sonex plane, an aircraft that is built from a kit.

The investigation of Martin's disappearance is being led by the Dowagiac Police Department.

Anyone with information is asked to contact officers at 269-782-9743, or the Cass County Tip Line at 800-462-9328.

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