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Press Release
January 21, 2005
Oregon Army National Guard supports search for missing aircraft
 
The Oregon Army National Guard launched two helicopters at 1 p.m. today to aid in the search for a missing aircraft.
 
The UH-60 Blackhawks launched from the Army Aviation Support Facility in Salem, Ore. to assist the Hood River Sheriff's department search for a Cirrus SR-22, a single engine airplane, traveling from Salem to Hood River. Three people were onboard the aircraft.
 
The airplane was late seen on FAA radar near Stevenson, Wash., but no emergency locator transmitter signal has been received by searchers. An ELT signal can be activated manually or is automatically activated when an aircraft crashes.
 
The Oregon National Guard is a highly trained organization ready to respond to a wide array of crises such as searches for missing aircraft and people, high elevation rescues, forest fires, and floods.
 
Despite recent deployments, nearly 4,500 citizen-soldiers and 2,200 citizen-airmen remain on duty in Oregon to support state missions and response to crises.
 
More information will be released as it becomes available.
 
Contact:

Maj. Arnold Strong, 503-584-3885
Capt Mike Braibish 503-584-3886, cell 503-932-5805
Kay Fristad 503-584-3917, cell 503-931-5179