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Search suspended for pilot missing northwest of Anchorage

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Authorities say search efforts have been suspended for a single-engine aircraft that went missing in south-central Alaska earlier this month.

The Anchorage Daily News reported Saturday that 61-year-old Timothy D. Twohy has been missing since March 5 after his Cessna 172 was reported overdue northwest of Anchorage.

Search officials say the small plane bound for Wasilla went missing in the Rainy Pass area after he took off from the Farewell Airport.

A signal from the plane’s electronic locator transmitter has not been detected.

Alaska Air National Guard Lt. Col. Keenan Zerkel says a group of Good Samaritan pilots will likely continue an independent search.

Zerkel says the official search might resume if new information surfaces.

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Information from: Anchorage Daily News, http://www.adn.com

The Associated Press