Missing Yute Air Aircraft Found Crashed Sunday Evening

image30-05-2014 19.40.59The Cessna 207 that was the subject of a search over the weekend near Bethel was located on Sunday evening in the Kwethluk River it was reported by the Alaska National Guard.

The Cessna operated by Yute Air departed Bethel at 8:30 am on a maintenance check flight and headed towards Nyak which is located approximately 55 northeast of Bethel. The pilot was slated to return to Bethel at approximately 11:30 am. It never did return.

Yute Air, Alaska State Troopers, Civil Air Patrol, and the Alaska Army National Guard as well as others took up the search for the missing aircraft.

At 6:45 pm on Sunday, the downed aircraft was spotted in the KWethluk River approximately 40 miles from Bethel, by a Yute Air plane searching the area. Civil Air Patrol flew over the area minutes later and confirmed the wreckage.

Alaska State Troopers in a jet boat departed to the wreckage site at daybreak this morning. An ASAT helicopter along with a NTSB investigator.

The condition of the pilot, who was the lone occupant of the aircraft is unknown at this time.