Conoco Searches For A Missing Plane

Conoco faces a possible tragedy. The Du Pont subsidiary announced on Sept. 4 that a company plane carrying 12 people, including five Conoco executives, was missing after failing to arrive in eastern Malaysia. The group included William K. Dietrich, executive vice-president for exploration and production; Colin H. Lee, executive vice-president for refining and marketing, and H. K. Bowden, senior vice-president for administration. The group had left Houston on Aug. 19 for a Far East business trip and was flying from Tokyo to Djakarta, Indonesia. Conoco Chief Executive Constantine S. Nicandros, who sent out teams of aviation experts, say he has contingency plans to fill the top executive spots until the company concludes its search.

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