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24-year-old pilot steals plane and disappears over Pacific Ocean

By Mason White 1:47 PM May 21, 2015
William McAdams 

By: Tanya Malhotra
Officials are investigating the disappearance of a young man in a stolen plane.

The flight instructor of California, continues to baffle investigators after he stole a plane and disappeared over the Pacific Ocean.

Pilot William McAdams was last seen at an airport in Palo Alto. Surveillance video showed the 24-year-old man around 1:30 a.m. before he stole his employer’s Cessna G1000 Skyhawk.

A weak radar blip registered about 70 miles off the coast of California, but it was not strong enough to identify a location.

FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said that it is possible that the distress call was unintentionally activated or it could have been triggered when the plane crashed into the sea.

McAdams did not leave a note and he did not tell anyone about his plans before he flew off with the aircraft.

Police have searched his social networking accounts, cellphone records and bank accounts for any sign of activity, but so far, they came up with nothing.

McAdams had been in trouble with the law a few weeks before his disappearance. He was arrested in Florida, on felony charges. He pleaded not guilty to aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment and misdemeanor battery.

His worried family is begging for help to bring him back home safely.

His sister Bridgette McAdams, wrote on Facebook: “My brother is an awesome, successful young man, and a great pilot. I would do anything to have him back home.”