Plane missing near Mount McKinley

Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The National Park Service and a number of air taxi operators were searching for a plane with four people aboard reported missing on a flight between Talkeetna and Mount McKinley.

The pilot of the plane radioed about 6:30 p.m. Monday that he was returning to Talkeetna after failing to get into the base camp on the Kahiltna glacier, Park Service spokeswoman Jane Tranel said.

The Kahiltna camp is at the 7,200-foot level of Mount McKinley and is used by climbers scaling the 20,320-foot mountain.

Visibility at the time the plane disappeared was low, with rain and hail reported in the area. The weather was clearing Tuesday morning.



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