The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search for a missing pilot near Perry Island in Prince William Sound, Alaska, after his remains were discovered Wednesday evening.
The crew of the Alaska
State Trooper vessel Churchhill located and recovered the man's
remains and the wreckage of his Cessna 180 airplane partially
submerged along the coast of Culross Island.
Coast Guard and
partner agency assets searched the vicinity of Perry Island and
Culross Island near Whittier for 27 hours in rough weather during
their efforts to locate the man who went down in the
area Tuesday afternoon.
Assets involved in the
search included an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and HC-130 Hercules
airplane from Air Station Kodiak, a Coast Guard Station Valdez
45-foot response boat, the Coast Guard Cutter Mustang and Sycamore,
an Air Force 210th Rescue Squadron HH-60 Pavehawk helicopter and
211th Rescue Squadron HC-130 Hercules airplane from Joint Base
Elmendorf-Richardson and Alaska State Troopers.
"It is never
easy when a search ends like this," said Capt. Paul Mehler,
Sector Anchorage commander. "Our thoughts and prayers are
with the family and loved ones.”
The Cessna 180 aircraft (tail number N9247C) is registered to Dale Carlson of Wasilla, Alaska, according to Federal Aviation Administration records.