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Published On: Mon, Aug 23rd, 2010

Search continues for missing Alaskan aircraft

Search for Missing Aircraft Continues in Katmai National Park

Multiple aircraft spent much of the day today in an unsuccessful effort to locate a missing aircraft in Katmai National Park and Preserve.

The single engine floatplane, a DeHavilland Beaver operated by Branch River Air Service in King Salmon, carried the pilot and three National Park Service maintenance employees and has been missing since Saturday afternoon.

The missing employees are Mason McLeod, 26, and two brothers, Neal Spradlin, 28; and Seth Spradlin, 20. The name of the pilot is not being released pending the notification of his family.

Alaska has had multiple deadly plane crashes since early June, including an Aug. 9 crash that killed former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens and four others. Other recent crashes occurred at Denali National Park, Elmendorf Air Force Base, central Alaska and in a busy business district near downtown Anchorage.

Altogether, 17 people have been killed in Alaska plane crashes since June.

Read more here.

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