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Debriefing. Photo by Fremont County Sheriff's Department.
Operations Chief Jason Aanestad debriefs pilots from the Park County Search and Rescue team which overflew the search area Thursday trying to pinpoint an Emergency Locator Transmission. Photo courtesy Fremont County Sheriff's Department.

Search for missing plane. Photo by Fremont County Sheriff’s Department.
Search for missing plane
Incident Command Operations Chief Jason Aanestad and ground search team leader Matt McGee review a satellite image of a portion of the search area during Saturday morning’s briefing. Photo courtesy Fremont County Sheriff’s Department.
Search for missing aircraft enters 5th day
Sublette County Search & Rescue team joins search near Gannett Peak
by Fremont County Sheriff’s Department
October 30, 2010

LANDER -With favorable weather early today, the fifth full day of searching for a missing single-engine plane with four members of a Minnesota family on board began at daylight in northwest Wyoming. In the four previous full days of searching, no physical evidence of the craft has been found, although teams are still attempting to track an emergency locator signal, which has been heard in the area.

A group of mountaineers from the Sublette County Search and Rescue Team from Pinedale, WY, joined the search this morning and is one of three ground search teams, joining two existing teams from Lander. The ground searchers are being airlifted into the search area by a U.S. Air Force Huey helicopter from Cheyenne, WY.

In addition to the three helicopters, one fixed wing craft from the Wyoming Civil Air Patrol is expected to join the search and overfly the area at mid-morning in another attempt to pinpoint the location of an elusive emergency transponder signal that was detected several days ago.

"We are searching some areas today that were previously searched because strong winds have rearranged some surface features in the past two days," said Chip Williams, Incident Commander. "We are also sending up digital video equipment in one of the helicopters so we can analyze the video for clues to the plane’s disappearance."

The search area is at an elevation of between 11,000 and 12,000 feet and east of Wyoming’s highest mountain, which is at an elevation of 13,802 feet. The landscape in the search area includes deep drainages, heavy timber and boulder fields, steep and crevassed canyon walls with numerous rock outcroppings and rock towers. Much of the search area is still covered in snow.

Weather conditions today are forecast to be favorable through late afternoon when isolated snow showers and thunderstorms are forecast. Temperatures in the search area today are forecast to reach a high of between 32 and 35°F.

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