Civil Air Patrol

Weather hampers search efforts of overdue pilot from Minnesota – crews on standby

For Immediate Release                       

Minnesota Wing, Civil Air Patrol – Duluth MN

Yesterdays storms delayed the launching aircraft search flights for the search of overdue pilot Mike Bratlie and his twin engine airplane. The weather improved enough for a time to allow aircraft to start flying. Today weather is preventing search aircraft from taking off.

There was one ground team searching yesterday and one for today searching in the Silver Bay area.

CAP aircrews from Minnesota and Wisconsin will standby, waiting for a break in the weather.  A Ground Team will be searching in the North Shore area.  The search is challenging from the air and the ground due to the heavily wooded areas being searched.  The ground teams have encountered some very difficult terrain along with some flooding.

If anyone from the public thinks they have heard anything or have seen anything out of the ordinary concerning this airplane the afternoon or evening, of Friday June 8th please call 911.  Any help at all is greatly appreciated.

For MEDIA inquiries concerning mission operations, the Public Information Officer (PIO) is, Lt Col Paul Hertel, at: 612-741-2241. Please contact him with any questions or requests for updates.

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