|National Guard assists in search for missing aircraft
Salem, Ore. - The Oregon Army National Guard, 1042 Medical Company (Air Ambulance) launched a UH-60 Blackhawk today to assist in the search for a missing Cessna Aircraft with two persons onboard in the area of Merlin, Oregon, 18 miles northwest of Grants Pass. Apparently the aircraft fell off the radar on Wednesday morning at approximately 9 a.m. They were able to locate the aircraft late this afternoon in a highly wooded area in extremely rough terrain. There was no apparent sign of survivors. A ground team is continuing on to the crash sight to effect recovery of the bodies.
The Blackhawk was piloted by Lt. Col. Dan Hokanson and Chief Warrant Officer 5 Pete Davis. Crew chiefs were Sgt. Pat Casha and Sgt.. Stout with Sgt. Travis Powell as flight medic.
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