Press Release (today) 3/21
Today's NPS press release
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Search Continues For Missing Aircraft And Pilot
The park is continuing to search approximately 600 square miles of rugged backcountry for a possible downed plane. The red, RV-6 homebuilt experimental aircraft and its pilot – 47-year-old Joseph Radford of Glendale, Arizona – were last seen on Friday, March 11th, and an ELT signal was detected two days later approximately 30 miles northwest of Grand Canyon Village in the vicinity of Fossil Corridor. A search has been underway since then. The NPS has used both a fixed-wing airplane and helicopter in search efforts over the last several days, but no signs of either Radford or the plane have been found. The National Park Service is leading joint search operations, which are being conducted with the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office. Both agencies are grateful to the Civil Air Patrol for its invaluable assistance with investigations, including radar and ELT analyses.
Name: Maureen Oltrogge and Shannan Marcak, Public Affairs Officers