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NTSB: Plane was likely over Cook Inlet when it disappeared

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Posted: Thursday, November 1, 2012 3:26 pm | Updated: 11:52 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A 27-year-old pilot whose plane disappeared last month flying from Soldotna to Palmer is suspected of being over Cook Inlet when it dropped off radar.

That's according to a preliminary report released Thursday by the National Transportation Safety Board into the Oct. 13 flight of Brandon Mattingly. KTUU says (http://is.gd/fNox7s) the report described Mattingly as a student pilot.

Mattingly was last seen at the Soldotna Airport as he was leaving for Palmer in his PA-18 Super Cub. Radar data showed an erratic flight pattern for an unknown aircraft, which was last recorded at 2:48 a.m. mid-channel over Cook Inlet, about 30 miles north of Soldotna.

Investigators say chances would be slim for an emergency locator transmitter to work if submerged in water. No signal was detected.

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