The Civil Air Patrol and the Alaska State Troopers are leading the search for a pilot and plane last seen leaving the Soldotna Airport Saturday afternoon, leaving for Palmer.
Palmer resident Brendan Mattingly took off from the Soldotna Airport between 8:00 and 10:45 Saturday morning, flying east to Palmer, a flight that usually takes an hour and a half.
Private pilots joined in the search along with the Civil Air Patrol and State Troopers, focusing their efforts in the Chickaloon Flats and the Soldotna Game Refuge between Soldotna and the Cook Inlet.
Mattingly was flying a green, red, and white PA-18 Super Cub, and has been a pilot for two years.
The KSRM News Department has learned that Mr. Mattingly was reportedly with a group, who was drinking Friday night, and a friend had called for a cab to take Mattingly to a local hotel, however, he asked to be taken to the Soldotna Airport to sleep in his plane instead.