Coast Guard Responding to Downed Cessna in Cook Inlet

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Coast Guard, Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Air National Guard are responding to a report of a downed Cessna 207 aircraft about 12 miles northwest of Nikiski.

The Coast Guard Command Center in Anchorage received a report of a possible downed aircraft from the Kenai Police Department at about 10:55 a.m. today. The plane was en route from Kenai to Kokhimak when the pilot radioed the Kenai air traffic control tower to report engine problems. Shortly after the call the tower personnel lost contact with the plane. The pilot is the only person reported aboard.

The Coast Guard is launching an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Kodiak. Two Alaska State Trooper aircraft are being launched and an Air National Guard helicopter from Anchorage to respond. They are expected to be on scene in 45 – 90 minutes. The Kenai Fire Department is readying divers in case they are needed.

The Coast Guard has issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast (UMIB) to mariners in the area to be vigilant and assist if possible.

Source: USCG D17 Public Affairs

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