Civil Air Patrol Leaders Die in Plane Crash

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Alabama (KHNL) - Two nationally recognized and highly regarded members of the Civil Air Patrol died Thursday night when their plane crashed south of Las Vegas.

Officials say 71-year-old Col. Edwin Lewis Jr., director of operations for CAP's Pacific Region and 73-year-old Col. Dion DeCamp, commander of CAP's Nevada Wing were en route to Rosamond, California when the plane crash.

The cause of the crash is unknown.  The National Transporation Safety Board is investigating.

Lewis and DeCamp had long and distinguished careers.  Both were in the U.S. Air Force and the Civil Air Patrol.  The two were actively involved in the search for legendary American aviator Steve Fossett.