No Sign of Missing Aircraft

Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage

A fourth day of searching for the missing plane in or near Katmai National Park and Preserve hasn’t turned up any sign of the aircraft. The plane, carrying three National Park Service employees was reported missing Saturday, when it failed to show up in King Salmon. Ten helicopters and planes have been combing over the search area. National Park Service spokesman John Quinley says the plan today was to go over some terrain that hadn’t been looked at before and revisit some areas.

The plane was leaving Swikshak Lagoon in Katmai National Park, in route to King Salmon. It was piloted by Marco Alletto and operated by Branch River Air Service. The park service employees were two brothers, Neal and Seth Spradlin and Mason McLeod. Quinley says it’s difficult to have so little to go on after several days.

Quinley says they will continue flying until 10:00 pm tonight. There’s no decision yet on when the search will be stopped or scaled back.

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