Plane search resumes

QUEETS — The search for a missing 2006 Cessna T182 Turbo Skylane resumed on Monday and continued Tuesday, according to the state Department of Transportation.

No sign was found on Monday, the state Department of Transportation (DOT) said on its blog (, where results of Tuesday’s search were to be posted at 5 p.m.

Search and rescue crews in a state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) helicopter are looking for the plane piloted by Rod Collen that abruptly dropped off radar on March 6 in rugged forest land near Queets after it left the Tacoma Narrows Airport at 5:35 p.m. that day, DOT said.

On Tuesday, two aircraft were to search the area in addition to a drone search by the Quinault Tribal Nation.

No ground searches are occurring until more specific search areas can be identified. The terrain remains challenging to navigate as it is densely wooded and covered in snow in some locations.

The area where the plane descended is on Quinault tribal land near Queets near the Jefferson and Grays Harbor county line.

All who think they saw or heard the plane March 6 or spotted anything in the area should call the State Emergency Operations Center at 800-258-5990 with details. The plane’s tail number is N24289.

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