Seven aboard missionary plane missing in Venezuela

Caracas, Venezuela - The mother of an American missionary pilot says he and his six passengers have been missing more than three weeks and may have crashed in the jungles of Venezuela. The plane went down on February 16.

Nytta Norton of Bryant, Alabama, says her son, 48-year-old Bob Norton, has been serving as director of Adventist Medical Aviation - Venezuela.

She says searches have failed to locate the plane he was piloting, which also carried his wife, two adults accompanying two sick children, and a missionary who taught at an Adventist school.

Norton says her son "grew up with a missionary spirit and was carrying on for his dad," who was killed while piloting a missionary plane that crashed 29 years ago in Mexico.

She says it is hard not knowing what happened to her son and his wife, but she isn't heartbroken.