Search Continues Saturday For Missing Minnesota Pilot

Saturday, June 16th, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Minnesota and Wisconsin crews are still searching for the missing pilot Michael Bratlie in northeastern Minnesota.

The Civil Air Patrol is looking for  the 67-year-old Bratlie and his twin-engine Piper; they’ve been looking all week.  He departed from a South St. Paul airport Friday and was headed to the Duluth area.

Lt. Col. Paul Hertel from the Civil Air Patrol stated crews searched in the air and on the ground Friday without any signs or findings of the suspected downed plane.

Hertel also says the air and ground search will continue Saturday. An additional ground team will join the search.

There’s no evidence Bratlie landed at any of the nearby airports in Duluth, Park Point or Superior, Wis.

Searchers are concentrating on the Silver Bay area where the last radar contact and cell tower ping placed the pilot.

Apparently the area is heavily forested so crews are going over spots multiple times from different directions.

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