Coast Guard searches for missing airplane

Posted: Monday, July 14, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) The Coast Guard on Monday searched for a plane with six people on board that ran out of fuel Sunday night and may have crashed in the water near Gustavus.

The pilot of the privately owned Cessna 401 notified Juneau flight services that he ran out of fuel and was trying to land in Gustavus. The plane was carrying six people from Utah.

Gustavus is 50 miles west of Juneau near the entrance to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

The Coast Guard dispatched a rescue helicopter crew from Sitka and two rescue boats from Juneau to search for the plane.

Three Good Samaritan pilots using their own aircraft also searched Sunday night. The rescuers were concentrating on an area between Gustavus and Sister Islands.

No names of people on board the plane were released.

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