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Search suspended for pilot missing NW of Anchorage

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Search efforts have been suspended for a single-engine aircraft that went missing in south-central Alaska earlier this month, authorities said.

Timothy D. Twohy has been missing since March 5 after his Cessna 172 was reported overdue northwest of Anchorage, the Anchorage Daily News reported Saturday.

The 61-year-old pilot had taken off from Farewell Airport and was headed to Wasilla — a flight that usually takes 60 to 90 minutes, search officials said. His plane is believed to have gone missing in the Rainy Pass area.

Rescuers were unable to pinpoint his location through radar data because of the area's rugged terrain, Alaska Air National Guard Lt. Col. Keenan Zerkel said. A signal from the plane's electronic locator transmitter has also not been detected.

"Until we get additional information or some clue as to survivorship, we are suspending our search effort," Zerkel said Saturday.

Rescuers have put in nearly 200 cumulative hours of searching. Poor weather conditions, including precipitation, low cloud cover and turbulence have hampered the search since it began.

A group of Good Samaritan pilots will likely continue an independent search, Zerkel said. The official search might resume if new information surfaces.

Rescuers do not have any indication that Twohy flew to a different destination, Zerkel said.

Twohy was a "very careful and very meticulous" pilot who knew his plane and the landscape well, said Charles Twohy, the pilot's son. His father has flown recreationally for at least two decades, he said.