A pilot and his plane have been missing since Saturday afternoon, according to pilot's friends.
Brendan Mattingley of Palmer was last seen at the Soldotna Airport between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. He was flying east to Palmer, a flight that generally takes an hour and a half.
Mattingley's friend, who prefers to remain anonymous, notified officials that his flight was overdue.
Civil Air Patrol and the Alaska State Troopers are leading the search, but a few volunteer private pilots have joined the official search efforts today. The focus areas of the private search party are Chickaloon Flats and the Soldotna Game Refuge between Soldotna and Cook Inlet.
Mattingley has been a pilot for two years. He was flying a green, red, and white PA-18 Super Cub.
Editor's note: The spelling of Brendan Mattingley's last name has been corrected from its initial appearance as "Mattingly."
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