Officials Narrow Search For Plane In SW Washington - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Officials Narrow Search For Plane In SW Washington

CHEHALIS, Wash. (AP) - Lewis County Sheriff Steve Mansfield says officials have narrowed the search for a missing plane Tuesday to a two- or three-square mile area between Morton and Randle.

Mansfield told KITI radio that searchers have combined information from the radar track with reports from loggers who say they heard a plane turning and then a thud.

The area in southwest Washington is on wooded steep slopes where snow has recently fallen.

The pilot and two passengers took off Monday from Chehalis for Lewiston, Idaho, in a plane registered to Pacific Cataract and Laser Institute in Chehalis.

About 10 minutes into the flight the pilot of the twin-engine Cessna radioed that he was turning back because he lost power in one engine.

      
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