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WSDOT searching in Colville area for missing plane

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 09:37

Barbara LaBoe, 360-705-7080, 360-701-1464 (mobile)

The Washington State Department of Transportation is searching for a missing plane in the Colville/Stevens County area of Eastern Washington.

The pilot and sole occupant of the small, private plane left the Colville Municipal Airport around noon Monday, Nov. 11, planning to fly in the area for one hour before returning to Colville. The pilot’s family reached out to authorities when the pilot did not return as scheduled.

No emergency beacon signals or other distress signals have been recorded in the area. Two flights, including the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office helicopter, searched the area overnight and were unable to locate any sign of the plane.

WSDOT Aviation Search and Rescue is leading the search effort and coordinating with area law enforcement. Colville is approximately 70 miles north of Spokane in the northeast corner of the state and is the county seat of Stevens County.

The pilot is a 67-year-old Colville man flying in his personal Cessna 182 Skylane. At this time no other details about the plane and pilot are being released. Updates on the search will be posted on the WSDOT blog.

WSDOT, by statute (RCW 47.68.380), is charged with the coordination and management of all aerial search and rescue within the state. The agency works in conjunction with volunteer search and rescue groups, law enforcement and other agencies in carrying out such searches.

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