Authorities search Grand Canyon for Peoria pilot, plane

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Joseph R. Radford By Jennifer Thomas Joseph R. Radford By Jennifer Thomas
Joseph Radford's cherry red RV-6 Home-built Kit Aircraft with tail number N650RV was reported missing. By Jennifer Thomas Joseph Radford's cherry red RV-6 Home-built Kit Aircraft with tail number N650RV was reported missing. By Jennifer Thomas

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. -- The Grand Canyon National Park Service and the Coconino County Sheriff's Department are searching for a missing plane and pilot.

On March 11, Joseph R. Radford, 47, of Peoria, flew his single-engine aircraft from the Phoenix area to the Grand Canyon National Park Airport where he refueled. He departed to the northwest.

FAA radar data indicates that the plane descended into the Grand Canyon in the area of Scorpion Ridge at 8:34 a.m.

The missing plane is described as a cherry red RV-6 Home-built Kit Aircraft with tail number N650RV.

Radford is described as 5 feet 11 inches tall, 180 pounds with receding brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to call the National Park Service at 928-638-7805.