Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Cessna 180 pilot goes missing in Alaska

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. 

RCC Anchorage 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.

"Our crews and assisting agencies are up against some extreme weather with this search," 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 of visibility.


gretnabear said...

$10s of thousands of Federal resources paid by the taxpayers of America.

Anonymous said...

Your compassion is heartwarming...