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

St. Mary's, Alaska
Courtesy of Walton Smith
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St. Mary's, Alaska
St. Mary's, Alaska
Credit Courtesy of Walton Smith
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St. Mary's, Alaska

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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Anna Rose MacArthur is KYUK’s English Language News Reporter. She got her start reporting in Alaska at KNOM in Nome and then traveled South to report with KRTS in Marfa, Texas. Anna Rose soon missed rural Alaska and returned to the bush to join KYUK in September 2015. Anna Rose is a Transom Story Workshop graduate.