‘Safe and Well’: Three On Board Missing Plane Rescued

first_imgSgt. Eagerton: “[Sunday] afternoon, the RCC started receiving reports that a plane was overdue that had taken off from Lake Hood and was bound for Kenai. Within the same hour, they started receiving airborne ELT reports. So [Sunday] afternoon, the 176th Wing responded by sending two HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters from the 210th Rescue Squadron, as well as a Guardian angel team from the 212th Rescue Squadron on board. They searched through the night and didn’t find it, returned to base and refueled, reset, and are continuing to search today. As well, there are Civil Air Patrol aircraft involved in the search/rescue.” The Cessna left Lake Hood in Anchorage at 2:15pm Sunday and was destined for the Kenai Peninsula. The plane was reported overdue by family and friends that evening, and Sgt. Edward Eagerton with the RCC says within the same hour, pilots in the area began reporting they were receiving airborne reports of an emergency locator transmitter (ELT). The Alaska District Church of the Nazarene was the first to report that Josh Smith, his daughter Danielle, and John White were found on Monday evening. One factor complicating the search was that the Cessna was carrying an older ELT, which didn’t have satellite or GPS technology. The RCC and Civil Air Patrol searched between Lake Hood and the peninsula, with unconfirmed reports that the plane was found Monday evening on a lake on the western side of the Cook Inlet. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The three Kenai Peninsula residents on board a Cessna 180 which was reported overdue Sunday have now been reconnected with their families. The news was soon confirmed by the NTSB and Rescue Coordination Center. The three people on board were contacted and transported to Anchorage where they are reportedly in good health.last_img