Searchers seek missing Alaska airplane

Mar 05, 2013 -- 10:15am


- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A spokeswoman for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race says a missing plane on its way to an Alaska village is not part of the air support for the race between Anchorage and Nome. The Civil Air Patrol on Monday told Channel-2 News that searchers were looking for a light plane with three people aboard that was overdue on a flight from Anchorage to Takotna. Search efforts were concentrating on the Rainy Pass and McGrath areas. Iditarod spokeswoman Erin McLarnon says the plane is not part of the Iditarod Air Force, which carries volunteers, supplies and dropped race dogs between communities. The missing Cessna 182 left Anchorage at about 10 a.m. Monday and was expected by noon into Takotna, a community of 53 about 235 miles northwest of Anchorage.

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