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JUNEAU (AP) — Alaska authorities have confirmed that a plane wreck found last week by a hunter is that of a single-engine Cessna 182 that went missing in 2008 with two people on board.
Authorities located the plane on Saturday near Young Lake on Admiralty Island, the Juneau Empire reported .
The plane carried 56-year-old Brian Andrews and his 24-year-old son Brandon Andrews. The father was the deputy commissioner for the Alaska Department of Revenue at the time of their disappearance.
The state medical examiner is inspecting the remains to positively identify the people.
Brent Andrews, son of Brian and brother of Brandon, wrote in his blog that the discovery brought about “mixed emotions.”
“I know that their disappearance was a very rare case,” Brent Andrews wrote, “and I’m glad that since 2008 there have been improvements in aircraft emergency signal requirements, photo reconnaissance, and other technologies, so that families in the future won’t have to conduct such searches for their loved ones.”
The search for the plane in 2008 lasted 10 days and spread across an area of 1,000 square miles (2,590 square kilometers).
The plane was found relatively close to its takeoff spot but dense forest and undergrowth made it difficult to find, said Alaska State Troopers spokesman Tim DeSpain.
“The trees and the ground vegetation are incredibly thick there,” DeSpain said. “There was no way someone could have seen that from the air.”
Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, http://www.juneauempire.com