Searchers will wait until spring to look for pilot's body

Posted: Wednesday, January 03, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska State Troopers have suspended their search for a pilot whose World War II-era cargo plane crashed near Mount Redoubt almost two weeks ago.

The search for the body of James Munson, 44, will resume in the spring after some of the snow has melted, troopers said.

Munson was killed Dec. 21 along with co-pilot Fletcher Machen, 33.

A team made up of members of the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group and Alaska Search and Rescue Dogs was flown to the site by the Air National Guard about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, but failed to locate Munson's body after three and a half hours of searching.

Machen's body was found under two feet of snow on Dec. 22.

The men were flying a twin-engine, C-46 Everts Air Fuel cargo plane back to Kenai after making a fuel delivery to Nondalton when the crash occurred in bad weather.

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