Witnesses say pilot was drunk before he disappeared

JUNEAU — Witnesses have told the National Transportation Safety Board that a pilot who disappeared in mid-October was last seen intoxicated at the Soldotna airport.

Officials on Thursday released four witness statements about 27-year-old Brendan Mattingley, who was last seen Oct. 13.

The statements reveal that Mattingley was kicked out of a bar after getting “very drunk” earlier that evening. After being put into a cab, Mattingley told the driver to take him to the airport. The cab driver told the NTSB that Mattingley asked him not to reveal his location.


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Mattingley was leaving for Palmer in his PA-18 Super Cub Oct. 13. Radar data showed an erratic flight pattern for an unknown aircraft, which was last recorded at 2:48 a.m. on the same day, about 30 miles north of Soldotna.

— The Associated Press

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