Pilot spots debris from missing plane

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010

ANCHORAGE - Debris from an airplane missing more than a month with three National Park Service employees and a pilot on board has been spotted in Katmai National Park.

A commercial helicopter pilot spotted a piece of the tail and other debris from the deHavilland Beaver missing since Aug. 21, according to the park service. There were no signs of survivors.

On board were three park service maintenance employees, brothers Neal Spradlin, 28, and Seth Spradlin, 20, who grew up in Westfield, Ind., and Mason McLeod, 26, of Jacksonville, Fla.

Also on board was the pilot, Marco Alletto, 47, of King Salmon. The single-engine Beaver was operated by Branch River Air Service in King Salmon.

The airplane tail with identifying numbers was spotted Tuesday by a local helicopter pilot, Sam Egli.

The workers were at the Swikshak Lagoon in Katmai National Park to prepare for a planned reconstruction of an old ranger station.

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