Coast Guard Continues Search for Cessna Pilot

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Coast Guard and Alaska State Troopers will continue the search for missing pilot Randy Crawford at first light today in the Redoubt Bay area of Cook Inlet.

A Coast Guard helicopter and an Alaska State Trooper shoreline team searched for several hours Tuesday night. No sign of Crawford was located. At first light today the Coast Guard will begin its search using an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak. The Alaska State Troopers plan to launch another helicopter to search the ice floe. The search is weather dependent. Low temperatures, freezing rain and periods of low fog are forecast for the area.

Randy Crawford, a pilot and retired Alaska State Trooper, was piloting a flight from Kenai to Kokhanok for Air Supply Alaska Tuesday morning when he reported engine problems to the Kenai Flight Service Station. Shortly after the report the station lost contact with Crawford. A search including personnel and aircraft from the Coast Guard, Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Air National Guard and an oil service company helicopter ensued. The plane was located using its automated ELT signal and the Good Samaritan tanker support vessel Seabulk Nevada recovered the largely intact Cessna 207. Crawford was not inside.

Source: USCG D17 Public Affairs

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