Second day of searching finds no sign of lost plane
By Emma Breysse, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Date: November 20, 2012
With search aircraft grounded by bad weather, the hunt for a missing plane and its pilot ended its second day with no leads.
Sublette County search and rescue volunteers searched the area west-southwest of Upper Hoback Road, the location where radar lost contact with the single-engine plane as it headed to Pinedale.
Searchers on foot and snowmachines carried radio receivers in hopes of getting a signal from the Emergency Locator Transmitter on the aircraft. They got no pings Monday, said Sublette County sheriff’s spokesman Stephen Smith.
“We haven’t had anything of consequence turn up during the day,” he said just before press time. “We have not located the plane.”
Winter weather kept Civil Air Patrol planes and the Teton County Search and Rescue helicopter grounded and unable to assist in the search, he said. Aircraft could be a game-changer in the search, since the rugged terrain makes the ground search difficult, he said.
Calls to the pilot’s cellphone went unanswered, and the phone seems to be turned off or out of service, Smith said.
At press time, Smith said the search would continue as soon as it was light today.
Civil Air Patrol reported Saturday that the plane was overdue for a scheduled 2:30 p.m. arrival in Pinedale. The plane, a Cessna 182, set out from Stevensville, Mont., at 11:30 a.m. with one occupant.
The two-day search has turned up no sign of the plane or its pilot.