Missing pilot found
By Robin Scott
A Virginia man, Dr. Kwan Kwok, who traveled to Dalhart on November 22nd to purchase an airplane never made it back to Virginia. Kwok, who purchased the twin-engine Piper PA-30, left Dalhart on November 23rd, and was found in West Virginia on Tuesday, December 2nd, among the wreckage of the aircraft.
The difficulty in locating Kwok, or his plane, was due in part to his not filing a flight plan, weather conditions and the densely wooded area where his body was finally discovered. No one knew he was missing until his sister, who lives in Holland, contacted authorities in the U.S. after she was unable to reach her brother. Kwok’s body was located near Quinwood and Rainelle in Greenbrier County, West Virginia.
According to Chuck Loftin from the Dalhart Municipal Airport, Kwok purchased the airplane from someone who was not from Dalhart. He stated, “This is a terrible tragedy and the man’s sister is very distraught.” Authorities noted on Wednesday that the plane was still registered to a Craig S. Westberg of Durango, Colorado.
The Civil Air Patrol, a civilian auxiliary of the Air Force, conducted the search for Kwok and his plane. Weather impeded search efforts and may have also been the cause for the plane not arriving to its final destination.