A downed emergency beacon has prompted a search in Alaska


A long search for several days for a downed plane with an emergency beacon in Alaska found that the pilot had left on another plane, the military said.

Alaska Military

An emergency beacon from a crashed plane in bad weather has led to a substantial search for the crash, the Alaska military said.

But when the military finally discovered a crashed plane on Thursday, February 10, the pilot was nowhere to be found, the daily dispatch said.

That night, the military called on the phone and found that he was traveling with another pilot, not turning off the emergency beacon of his plane.

On Saturday, February 6, the plane made an emergency landing east of the Parks highway near Villas and Talkitno, the military writes. However, there were no reports of delayed flights.

The Alaska Civilian Air Patrol, the Alaska Wildlife Service and the Alaska National Guard have deployed helicopters to search for the source of the emergency beacon along with ground searches.

Civil Air Patrol searchers finally found an overturned 1946 Taylorcraft BV12-D near Lynx Peak, but a rescue team that arrived in the crash found no one on board. They followed in the footsteps, which stopped abruptly.

Soldiers asked pilots to notify the Federal Aviation Administration if they planned to leave the plane unsecured in the Alaskan desert or if they crashed but escaped themselves.

“The search and rescue effort as a result of this operation cost thousands of dollars and diverted several CAP servicemen, guardsmen and volunteers from other duties to coordinate and respond to this multi-day search,” the release said.

Don Sweeney has been a reporter and editor of a newspaper in California for over 25 years. He has been a real-time reporter for The Sacramento Bee since 2016.

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