Missing pilot found alive

Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2011

ANCHORAGE — Alaska searchers say a 45-year-old pilot has been found alive, four days after he took off from Anchorage’s Lake Hood floatplane port without filing a flight plan.

John Burick, a special agent with the U.S. Forest Service, was found by searchers shortly before 1 p.m. Wednesday at the site of his crashed plane in the Beluga Lake area 65 miles from Anchorage.

Alaska National Guard spokesman Maj. Guy Hayes said Burick is not injured.

Forest Service spokesman Ray Massey said Burick crashed his Piper PA-18 Super Cub on Saturday, the same day he took off.

Massey says co-workers of Burick did not become concerned until Tuesday because he often works outside the Anchorage office.

The Anchorage Civil Air Patrol and the Rescue Coordination Center participated in the search for Burick.

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