Conditions ground Rainy Pass search for missing plane
A week after a plane left the Rainy Pass area for Wasilla but never arrived, search crews were on a “weather hold” in attempts to look for it.
No flights in the area were scheduled Wednesday to look for the Cessna 172 according to David Bedard, a spokesman for the Alaska Air National Guard’s 176th Wing. The plane, carrying only a pilot, had reportedly left Farewell on the afternoon of March 6 and was reported overdue the following day.
Bedard emphasized that crews haven’t yet called off the search as they await a break in the weather.
"It's going to be an ongoing effort,” Bedard said. “There's no impetus to call it off."
Searchers have encountered low cloud ceilings in the area, which kept aircraft from reaching the primary search area for the Cessna near Rainy and Simpson passes on Tuesday.
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