The Coast Guard suspended its search for a missing pilot near Perry Island in Prince William Sound after his remains were discovered Wednesday evening, a news release said.


The news release said the crew of the Alaska State Trooper vessel Churchhill located and recovered the man's remains and the wreckage of his Cessna 180 airplane partially submerged along the coast of Culross Island.

"It is never easy when a search ends like this," said Capt. Paul Mehler, Sector Anchorage commander. "This was a unified effort between Coast Guard, National Guard, Alaska State Troopers and numerous Good Samaritans, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones."

Coast Guard assets, including an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Air Station Kodiak, and Good Samaritans searched the vicinity of Perry Island and Culross Island near Whittier for 27 hours in rough weather during their efforts to locate the man who went down in the area Tuesday afternoon.

The responders launched the search after the pilot sent out a mayday on Tuesday afternoon saying he might have to set the plane down due to engine troubles. He was near Perry Island in Prince William Sound.

An MH-60 helicopter crew and a HC-130 Hercules airplane crew based in Kodiak responded along with a Coast Guard response boat from Valdez, the coast guard cutters Mustang and Sycamore, an HH-60 Pavehawk helicopter from the Air Force 210th Rescue Squadron, an HC-130 Hercules from the 211th Rescue Squadron,

Alaska State Troopers and a good Samaritan vessel.

The weather at the time was reported as blowing snow with 200 yards of visibility.

The Kodiak helicopter and plane returned to Kodiak Tuesday night due to the darkness and weather, said Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert, but returned to search again on Wednesday.

KTUU Channel 2 identified the pilot as Dale Carlson, 53, of Wasilla, according to a statement they received from his family.

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