Coast Guard: No search for pilots

Posted: Sunday, January 24, 2010

SAND POINT - The U.S. Coast Guard did not plan to resume searching on Saturday for two pilots aboard a cargo plane that crashed near Sand Point.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally said search teams on Friday found only debris and nothing new developed from the search.

Lally said it's not up to the Coast Guard to presume the pilots are dead, and they remain classified as missing.

The two aboard the ACE Air Beechcraft 1900C cargo plane were identified as pilot Ameer Ali and co-pilot Emily Lewis. Lally says the aircraft crashed early Friday shortly after takeoff from the Sand Point airport. The plane had been bound for Anchorage with a load of fish and mail.

The Coast Guard says it received a call about 12:20 a.m. from Sand Point police that fire department responders and others reported debris in the water off the end of the runway.

The cargo plane's company - ACE Air Cargo - said in a statement its joining the search effort, but did not elaborate further.

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