Brazil's Air Force has suspended its search for a Roman Catholic priest who vanished after sailing into the air attached to hundreds of balloons.

The cleric's family chartered a private plane to continue the hunt.

The Rev. Adelir Antonio de Carli has been missing since Sunday, when he lifted off from the port city of Paranagua strapped to 1,000 balloons.

Denise Gallas, the treasurer of de Carli's parish, said Thursday that the priest's family chartered a twin-engine plane.