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In this March 2013 photo taken by pilot Rene Joubert and released by the family of Jerry Krause, the twin-engine Beechcraft 1900C aircraft that Krause was flying when he disappeared on April 7, 2013, is shown parked at an unidentified location. Ten days ago, on April 7, Krause disappeared together with his plane just miles from a refueling stop at a West African island in the middle of a tropical storm of thunder and lightning. (AP Photo/Rene Joubert) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

Family: 24-hour delay to report US pilot missing

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Aviation officials on Sao Tome island waited 24 hours before reporting the disappearance of an American pilot and his small aircraft off the coast of West Africa, the missing man's family said on Wednesday.

Officials of the twin-island nation of Sao Tome and Principe could not be reached for comment despite repeated attempts by telephone on Thursday.

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