Statement from Nancy Abruzzo 1100UTC/1200BST Saturday 2nd October

The Organising Committee of the 54th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett has received the following statement from Nancy Abruzzo, the wife of Richard Abruzzo, one of the two pilots in the USA2 team:

From: Nancy Abruzzo

We have been able to determine many of the factors in Richard and Carol's flight. The processing of all this information has raised new questions and the Italian Maritime Rescue Sub Centre (MRSC) in Bari aggressively continues the search using all available resources in the ongoing effort to find Richard and Carol.

We recognize that we are looking for a needle in a haystack but we cannot rest until we find something, anything.

At this point we have not found any physical evidence from the balloon, the gondola, equipment or personal effects.

Coast Guard officials agree that there are more questions that need to be answered, and will not rest until we know more.

Continue to pray!