FBI searching for flight instructor suspected of stealing plane from Palo Alto airport


PALO ALTO (KRON) — Palo Alto police, along with the FBI, are searching for a flight instructor who disappeared while flying in a stolen plane earlier this month.

According to police, 24-year-old Palo Alto resident William James McAdams went missing after he took a 2011 G1000 Skyhawk 1TG plane from Palo Alto Municipal Airport around 1 a.m. on May 8.

Police said the airport reported that plane missing around 9 a.m. that day.

The day the plane went missing, federal aviation officials were able to track the plane as it was heading south, just off the coast of Watsonville.

No further signals have been detected, and McAdams has not been heard from since then.

The FBI, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Mexican Coast Guard are all assisting in the investigation.

McAdams is the owner of Fly High Bay Area Aviation School, which operates out of the airport and uses private planes for flying lessons.

According to police, the plane McAdams left in was a private plane used for instruction.

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