Pilot and small plane missing in Palo Alto

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PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) – Authorities in the San Francisco Bay Area say a flight instructor stole a small airplane nearly two weeks ago and neither have been seen since.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports Tuesday that Palo Alto Police Sgt. Brian Philip says 24-year-old William James McAdams of Palo Alto went missing after he took off in a 2011 G1000 Skyhawk 1TG airplane from the Palo Alto Municipal Airport early on May 8.

McAdams was tracked flying south off the coast in Central California about eight hours after he went missing.

McAdams owns Fly High Aviation School, which operates out of the airport, but the plane was leased to another flight school where he works.

Police say that is how he had access to the aircraft.

Investigators have alerted all airports on the West coast to be on the lookout for the plane.

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