U.S. Coast Guard and Air Force assets are searching for a missing pilot near Perry Island in Prince William Sound, Alaska.
The 11th Air
Force Rescue Coordination Center (RCC) in Anchorage received a
Mayday call from the pilot of a Cessna 180 airplane Tuesday
afternoon. The pilot reported he was having engine trouble and
stated he may have to set the plane down.
contacted the Coast Guard command center who took the lead on
search efforts and dispatched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and HC-130
Hercules airplane from Air Station Kodiak, a Coast Guard Valdez
45-foot response boat, and the crews of the Coast Guard Cutter
Mustang and Sycamore to the area. An Air
Force 210th Rescue Squadron HH-60 Pavehawk helicopter, 211th
Rescue Squadron HC-130 Hercules airplane and Alaska State Troopers
joined the search.
crews and assisting agencies are up against some extreme weather with
said Lt. Matthew Mitchell, Sector Anchorage search and rescue mission
coordinator. The weather on
scene is reported to consist of blowing snow with 200 yards