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By Roger Harnack

Search underway for missing aircraft

Colville pilot disappeared on planned one-hour flight


Last updated 11/12/2019 at 1:17pm

Update: Due to weather and visibility, the aerial search for the missing aircraft has been halted. Transportation officials are instead now coordinating with Stevens and Spokane counties' search and rescue teams for a ground mission. Anyone with information on the aircraft can contact the Stevens County Sheriff's Office at 509-684-2555.

COLVILLE – Teams are searching Stevens County and the surrounding areas for a small airplane that went missing Monday.

According to the state Department of Transportation, a 67-year-old pilot took off in his Cessna 182 Skylane from Colville Municipal Airport about noon Monday for a one-hour flight over the surrounding area.

The plane never returned, officials said, noting the pilot's family contacted authorities about the overdue aircraft.

Neither the pilot's name nor the aircraft's tail number have not been released.

Officials said they have not received any distress or emergency locator beacons.

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office flight crew and the state Aviation Search and Rescue team have been searching for the missing plane.

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Roger Harnack, Publisher

Roger Harnack is the co-owner/publisher of Free Press Publishing. Having grown up Benton City, Roger is an award-winning journalist, photographer, editor and publisher. He's one of only two editorial/commentary writers from Washington state to ever receive the international Golden Quill. Roger is dedicated to the preservation of local media, and the voice it retains for Eastern Washington.

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