A Different Kind Of Snowfall
If you don't think a wrecked Piper Aerostar could be worth $24 million you've probably never packed one with cocaine (and that's a good thing). Wheeling, W.Va., police are looking for the Aerostar's pilot after the plane crashed on airport property. It was carrying 520 pounds of the drug, some of it wrapped as Christmas gifts. The plane apparently crashed about 10 p.m. last Saturday but wasn't found until about 12 hours later. (The tower there is closed at night.) The alleged pilot, who police have identified but not yet found, apparently flagged down a passing motorist and paid him for a ride to a local motel with notes peeled from a wad of $100 bills. The man authorities are looking for then allegedly spent the night at the local Holiday Inn Express, calling relatives from his room phone. One of the Aerostar's wings came off but the cockpit was relatively intact, according to investigators. They haven't ruled out the possibility that another person was on board the plane.