A search is under way in the Metcalfe area in south Thomas County for a private plane that disappeared from radar late Monday morning.

The Cessna, en route form Lakeland, Florida, to Cairo, was lost on radar at about 2,500 feet, said Capt. Steven Jones, Thomas County Sheriff’s Office public information officer.

The sheriff's office was notified by personnel at Tyndall Air Force Base at Panama City, Florida. Sheriff's officers are communicating with Cairo and Tallahassee, Florida, airports.

Jones did not know how many people were on the plane, which was lost on radar between Cairo and Tallahassee in the Metcalfe area.

Teaming with plantation owners and superintendents, the search encompasses a radius of Metcalfe.

Jones said the area has few paved roads, and dirt roads are damaged from heavy rainfall Sunday and today.

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