Report: Search for missing aircraft underway near Rainy Pass

Rainy Pass, Alaska (KINY) - Alaska National Guard search crews have launched Thursday to look for a missing airplane that was reportedly en route from Rainy Pass to Wasilla.

KTVA in Anchorage is reporting that Lt. Col. Candis Olmstead, with the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, said the search was focused on “the Submarine Lake/Rainy Pass area.”

“It looks like there's a number of different resources out there searching for it,” Olmstead said.

In addition to Civil Air Patrol aircraft looking for the plane, Olmstead said, the Alaska Air National Guard had sent an HC-130 search plane and an HH-60 Pave Hawk carrying pararescuemen from the Rescue Coordination Center at Anchorage's Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

David Bedard, a spokesman for the Guard's 176th Wing, said the missing plane was reportedly a Cessna 172.

Clint Johnson, the National Transportation Safety Board's Alaska chief, said the plane was not affiliated with the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The NTSB is monitoring the situation as searchers respond.

"It’s an active search and the Rescue Coordination Center is in the driver’s seat," Johnson said.

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