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Targeted Searches Conducted For Missing Plane

Katmai National Park and Preserve

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Despite variable and windy weather over the search area on Tuesday afternoon, searchers were able to continue efforts to locate the missing floatplane carrying National Park Service employees Mason McLeod, 26, Neal Spradlin, 28 and Seth Spradlin, 20, and pilot Marco Alletto. No sign of the plane or passengers has yet been reported. Searchers have logged 45,700 flight miles to date in the search for the missing floatplane, which disappeared on August 21st. Targeted searching was to continue in some high elevation areas yesterday, weather permitting. Aircraft travelling in the area of the search should be aware of increased air traffic in the area due to search operations. Anyone who was monitoring radio traffic or heard a signal from an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) on 121.5 MHz between August 21st and the present around the Katmai/Kodiak area is asked to contact park dispatch at 907-246-3305. Visitors and staff who were in the Katmai/Kenai area during that time period are also asked to contact authorities whether or not they saw any evidence of an aircraft. Doing so can help determine where searchers should focus their efforts. For more information on the search, please visit the park website for updated information. A 3-dimensional map of the park is available at this website.


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