Search continues for missing airplane

Posted: Friday, June 27, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) Searchers came up empty Thursday as they looked for a plane with three people aboard missing between the Alaska Peninsula and Homer, officials said.

The red and white Cessna 180 left Hallo Bay on Wednesday afternoon and was due into Homer around 4 p.m.

The plane was piloted by Bert Novak, a retired Northwest Airlines pilot. Novak is from Palmer and has flown with the Iditarod Air Force, said Lt. Col. Steve Politsch of the Air National Guard.

Also aboard were a husband and wife from Florida, Politsch said. Their names were not released.

The Alaska Air National Guard and the U.S. Coast Guard searched Wednesday night. The Civil Air Patrol joined the effort Thursday morning, but as of Thursday night, no trace of the plane had been found, officials said.

The route the Cessna was flying was roughly 120 miles, about half over water, said Maj. Chris Kobi of the Rescue Coordination Center.

The Cessna was not on floats, officials said.

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