Search for Missing Colville Pilot and Plane Continues
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Search for Missing Colville Pilot and Plane Continues

Crews have resumed the search for a missing Colville pilot and his plane this (Friday) morning with ground crews already out in the field and coordinators hoping to send planes up to search as well if the weather holds.

Conditions Friday morning were foggy with rain expected later in the morning. Planes and helicopters were both able to fly Thursday. Decisions on flying search planes Friday will be made based on conditions and crew safety.

Crews are searching an area around the greater Sullivan Lake area in Pend Oreille County for Terry Coleman, 67, who left the Colville airport around noon on Monday, Nov. 11, and was expected to return to Colville about an hour later.

The search for Mr. Coleman is being coordinated by WSDOT with assistance of several partner agencies and volunteer Search and Rescue groups who are working in steep, heavily forested terrain with snow in higher elevations. Ground crews are searching on foot and using binoculars to scan areas up to 6,000 feet elevation. Air crews conduct visual searches from the sky look for signs of the plane or any signs of disturbance or possible crash scene.

Photos of the plane Mr. Coleman was flying and the difficult terrain searchers are working in have been posted to the WSDOT Flickr site. Anyone who sees the plane or a possible crash site should call 911 immediately. Non-urgent tips can be sent to missingaircraft@wsdot.wa.gov or the search tip line: 206-250-2533.

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