Military officials are setting up a camp off the Denali Highway in interior Alaska in preparation for a ground search for an Air Force pilot missing after a crash of an F-22 Raptor.
Air Force personnel plan to search south of the highway, a 134-mile mostly gravel road that runs east from near the entrance to Denali National Park to Paxson on the Richardson Highway.
The highway is open seasonally and closes for the winter.
The single-seat jet took off Tuesday from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage on a training run. After about an hour and 20 minutes in the air, it disappeared from ground radar at 7:40 p.m.
The crash site was found Wednesday about 100 miles north of Anchorage.
The pilot’s name has not been released.
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