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Search continues for overdue plane

Posted: Friday, June 27, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) A search resumed Thursday morning for a small plane with three people on board missing between Hallo Bay and Homer.

Sgt. Ken Denny, a spokesman for the Rescue Coordination Center, said the Cessna 182 left at 12:17 p.m. from Hallo Bay on the Alaska Peninsula, south of Katmai National Park.

The plane was to follow the west coast of Cook Inlet, cross near the Barren Islands and then follow the coast on the east side to Homer, Denny said.

Two hours after the aircraft was due, it was reported missing.

The Coast Guard, the Air National Guard and the Civil Air Patrol launched a search.

Lt. Col. Steve Politsch said the pilot is a retired Northwest Airlines pilot. The pilot carried a cell phone.

The Air Guard launched an HC-130 out of Anchorage. That aircraft later was diverted at the request of Alaska State Troopers to refuel a helicopter evacuating a child with burns from Hewitt Lake. The boy was transported to Providence Hospital in Anchorage.

Hewitt Lake is 46 miles southwest of Talkeetna.



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