Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jacksonville Man Missing on Seaplane

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jacksonville Man Missing on Seaplane

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Byline: STEVE PATTERSON

Family and friends of Jacksonville native Mason McLeod waited helplessly Monday as searchers in Alaska looked for a seaplane that vanished with him and three others aboard.

"We're living off of the Internet to see what's going on," said Scott Arnold of Jacksonville, an uncle of the 26-year-old National Park Service ranger who disappeared Saturday.

Planes and helicopters from the Coast Guard, Alaska State Police and elsewhere have searched without success in an area of mountains and coves around Katmai National Park, about 285 miles southwest of Anchorage.

The plane was headed to the small community of King Salmon, which authorities described as a flight of less than one hour.

"The fact that there's been no radio transmissions from them is very disturbing to us," The Associated Press quoted park superintendent Ralph Moore as saying Monday.

Moore said he was holding out hope that the plane landed in a cove to wait out the area's abruptly changing weather. …

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