Search continues for pilot and plane missing since Friday

SOURCE: Adrian Pingstone - MGN
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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) The Alaska Air National Guard continues to search for a pilot and plane missing since Friday night.

Friends of the missing pilot told KTUU his emergency locator transmitter went off around 7 p.m. Friday, they say the pilot was flying a Pilatus Porter Turbo Prop between Anchorage and Lake Clark when the ELT was activated.

The Alaska Air National Guard is in charge of the search which began around 10:25 p.m Friday, but quickly called off, after two attempts, due to poor visibility.

Guard officials say the search and rescue crews started the search again early Saturday morning, utilizing a Pave Hawk helicopter and HC-130 King aircraft to search the Lake Clark National Preserve.

Throughout the day crews encountered low clouds and snowy conditions, describing the terrain as steep and rugged with high mountain peaks that were covered by clouds.

The Alaska National Guard say the search will continue to search tomorrow weather permitting.