Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
George Nikita was lost in an aircraft crash over Lake Champlain in January of 1971.
The aircraft and the remains were not recovered. Last radar contact was over Lake Champlain, the plane was last seen flying over Juniper Island. Nikita was the pilot and one of five people believed to be on board the corporate jet when it disappeared in a heavy snowstorm. The plane was owned by Cousins Properties of Atlanta, Ga. Some reports indicate that the private jet was carrying $1 million or more in cash or negotiable bonds.
No oil slicks were found and the lake froze over four days later. On April 24, 1971, several pieces of airplane debris, including a tire on a rim came ashore.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Vermont State Police
The Burlington Free Press