Two Civil Air Patrol Members Killed in Crash

CAP Headquarters is at Maxwell AFB

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) – The Civil Air Patrol has identified two of its members, who were killed in a south Alabama plane crash while returning from Louisiana after flying a medical patient there for treatment.

The Civil Air Patrol says its pilots perform compassion flights, often to transport patients or family members to or from treatment.

The patrol said pilot David Mauritson, 67, of Fairhope, Alabama, was returning from such a flight after flying a patient to an airport near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, when the Cessna 182 crashed near Mobile Regional Airport Monday. The patrol said Mauritson was killed, along with Phil Dryden, 66, of Gulf Shores, Alabama, who served as mission scanner for the flight.

Mobile Airport Authority Executive Director Roger Wehner says the plane was discovered just before 2 a.m. Tuesday after a search for the wreckage.

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