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Civil Air Patrol executes emergency exercise

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Members of the North Carolina Wing of the Civil Air Patrol took part in a simulated missing-aircraft search this weekend.

Planes from Concord, Monroe, Statesville and Winston Salem took part in the simulated search. Ground teams from Statesville, Winston Salem and Monroe joined in on the search.

An emergency-locater transmitter (practice beacon) was placed to simulate the downed aircraft.

"This allows each of the squadrons within the state to participate in the training that we do on a regular basis," Director of Emergency Services for C.A.P John May said. "

"We've discovered that we've become the best-kept secret in terms of emergency services in North Carolina. We have aircraft and ground teams capable of going out whether it's an air/ground search for a missing person, we do a lot of disaster photography after tornadoes, hurricane, flooding -- things of that nature -- and we've got people trained to do that on a regular basis."

The Civil Air Patrol is made up of volunteers. The rate for an hour flight is $135.

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