Monday, July 25, 2011

Coast Guard coordinating search for missing airplane

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Coast Guard Sector Juneau Command Center personnel are coordinating a search for a missing aircraft that did not arrive to Juneau International Airport Sunday.

Sector Juneau Command Center received a notice at 6:43 a.m. Sunday from Flight Service Station Juneau that an Anchorage-based brown, white and yellow Cessna 182 traveling from Hoonah did not make a scheduled check-in with the airport.  The airplane with an unknown number of people aboard last made contact with airport control when they were 10 miles away from landing.

Sector Juneau directed the launch of a crew aboard a 25-foot Response Boat from Station Juneau and a Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew to search for the missing plane.  The Jayhawk crew was able to locate an electronic transmitting location beacon signal coming from the mountainside near Eagle Crest Ski Resort on Douglas Island, but was unable to see the missing aircraft and was forced to land due to adverse weather in the area.

Sector Juneau command center personnel are coordinating a ground response search effort in conjunction with the Alaska State Troopers, Juneau Mountain Rescue and the Sea Dogs K-9 rescue team.  The Jayhawk helicopter crew will remain in Juneau on standby to assist the search and rescue efforts if weather allows.

Weather in the area is reported as low clouds with limited visibility and winds of more than 20 mph.

For more information contact Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley at 907-321-4510.

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