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Rain hampers search for missing plane SAN D I E G O (AP)Rough w e a t h e r hampered the search Monday for a single-engine plane from Santa Barbara with four persons aboard. A San Diego County Sheriff's spokesman said only one search plane able to take off and circle the area near Escondido where the red and white Bellanca 140 may have gone down. Volunteers did manage to cover some the area on foot, he said.. The pilot and three passengers w e r e reportedly on an unspecified "mercy mission" to G u a y Mexico last week and failed to arrive there l a Friday. A search began the. next day.. The four were identified as Gregory R a m a Richard Vargas, R o y and Sally Ewuing. Vargas is Santa Barbara's postmaster.