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Search Abandoned For Plane That Sent Distress Signal Near St. Mary's

St. Mary's, Alaska
Courtesy of Walton Smith

Rescue workers have abandoned their search for the source of an aircraft distress signal along the lower Yukon River. Two weekends ago, on Aug. 29, Alaska State Troopers were notified of an aircraft emergency locator signal originating 38 miles northwest of the community of St. Mary’s. Over the following week, various response agencies searched the area, by air and by land, for the source of the distress signal. The Civil Air Patrol, Alaska Air National Guard, and Alaska Army National Guard all participated. 

According to trooper spokesperson Austin McDaniel, the groups stopped their search on Sept. 4 after not finding any source of the beacon signal. Troopers said that no aircraft were reported overdue in the area.

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