Search continues for pilot missing northwest of Anchorage

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – The Army National Guard says it’s continuing to search for a pilot missing since last week. The pilot’s hunting partner reported March 6 that the pilot and his Cessna 172 were overdue northwest of Anchorage. Inclement weather including turbulent wind and low clouds has hampered the search, which Tuesday focused on the Rainy Pass area. A Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter was joined by a fixed-wing airplane. Four Civil Air Patrol aircraft also searched. The Coast Guard, Alaska State Troopers, National Park Service and multiple good Samaritans have assisted in searching. Alaska Air National Guard Lt. Col. Keenan Zerkel, the director of the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center, says Steve Perrins of Rainy Pass Lodge has provided weather reports, fuel, a ground search and other assistance.

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