ANCHORAGE — A small plane carrying four people including three park rangers is missing in southwest Alaska.
A Coast Guard HC-130 crew is among the searchers looking for the Dehavilland Beaver between Swikshak Lagoon and King Salmon, about 285 miles southwest of Anchorage.
The plane was carrying Katmai National Park rangers and was reported missing after it did not arrive in King Salmon as expected. Ralph Moore, park superintendent, said the plane left Swikshak Bay at 1:45 p.m. Saturday for a flight that takes about an hour. Moore said the rangers were at the site to prepare for the reconstruction of a ranger station.
The aerial search for the plane was focusing on rugged coastal terrain between Swikshak Lagoon in Katmai National Park and the floatplane’s destination in King Salmon. There has been no emergency locator transmissions or radio communications from the aircraft, Moore said.