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Press Release
January 26, 2006
Oregon ARMY National Guard to aid in search for missing aircraft
The Oregon Army National Guard launched a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter at about 9 a.m. today from the Army Aviation Support Facility in Salem to assist in the search for a missing airplane.
The Cessna 421, registered to Sugar Financial Inc. of Scottsdale, Ariz. fell out of radar and radio contact yesterday afternoon in Skamania County, Wash. Officials believe the plane disappeared from radar in the area of Soda Peaks Lake.
The Skamania County Sheriff's office is the lead agency.
NOTE: it is the Oregon Army National Guard that is supporting the mission; it is not the Oregon Air National Guard. Releases by the Oregon National Guard have sometimes been altered by news agencies to state that the helicopters are part of the Oregon Air National Guard. That is wrong. The Oregon Air National Guard flies the F-15 - it is not necessarily a practical aircraft for effecting search and rescues; the Oregon Army National Guard flies the UH-60 Blackhawk, a helicopter configured for a number of missions, to include search and rescue.
Contact Info: For information on the overall search contact the Skamania County Sheriff's office.
For information on the Oregon Army National Guard support to the search, call Kay Fristad at 503.584.3917.

Capt Mike Braibish
cell 503-932-5805

Kay Fristad
cell 503-931-5179