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Citrus County, Florida - The search continues for a 74-year-old pilot who's been missing since Monday.

Crews believe the plane Theodore Weiss was flying in went down in the Withlacoochee State Forest in Citrus County after he left Dunellon Airport for Zephyrhills Saturday.

Crews are searching more than 40,000 square acres of land at the forest.

"It's literally almost like a needle and a haystack. We have 150,000 square acres and a very small item we are looking for," says Buddy Grant, the Under-sheriff for the Citrus County Sheriff's Office.

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Volunteer Dan Russack is part of Hernando County's Community Emergency Response team.

"Its tough out there. We're just working are way through in the woods," says Russack.

Russack's already trekked miles of the dense terrain.

"This is easy, but there's some spots that are just vicious. Some of the guys have machetes and were cutting our way through," says Russack.

Russack can only hope that soon they'll spot the 74-year-old pilot, so this search will turn into a rescue.

"As time goes on, things fade away. We hope he's out there and hope he's alive," says Russack.

Search crews will continue searching on Thursday.

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