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Search For Missing Plane Continues In NE Minnesota

Monday, June 11th, 2012 at 7:06 am

There’s a major search underway in northeastern Minnesota for a missing plane. Officials say the plane is small and its lone occupant is a Lakeville pilot named Michael Bratlie.

According to officials, the plane took off from a south St. Paul airport Friday night on its way to Duluth but was reported missing with no real idea of where it may be.

Officials say the reason they don’t have exact data on where the plane stopped is because the person did not file a flight plan and was not talking to traffic control. The plane may have crashed, or may have landed safely at any number of airports – nobody really knows.

Saturday people and planes scanned an area near the Twin Cities. But Sunday they moved their search northward scanning the land north of Silver Bay up to the Canadian border.

On Saturday the Civil Air Patrol had eight planes and six ground crews searching for the missing plane. The civil air patrol is a volunteer, auxiliary unit of the Air Force that leads missing plane searches across the country, however they say a mission like this is a big deal as a person’s life may be at stake.

The plane is a white twin engine Piper PA-31 Navaho with red and blue striping. Anyone who may have seen this plane is asked to call the Duluth Civil Air Patrol at (651) 785-8911.

The volunteers will be scanning the arrowhead region until the plane is found or the search is called off.

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