Missing Pilot Found Alive Near Beluga Lake

Associated Press

Alaska searchers say a 45-year-old pilot has been found alive, days after he took off from Anchorage’s Lake Hood floatplane port without filing a flight plan.

John Burick, a special agent with the U.S. Forest Service, was found by searchers just before 1 p.m. today at the site of his crashed plane in the Beluga Lake area 65 miles from Anchorage.

Alaska National Guard spokesman Maj. Guy Hayes says Burick is not injured. Hayes says Burick told rescuers he crashed his Piper Super Cub after taking off Sunday.

Forest Service spokesman Ray Massey says co-workers of Burick did not become concerned until Tuesday because he often works outside the Anchorage office.

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