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    I sure hope they find those poor people.

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    The Tomnod satellite search deal is really interesting, actually amazing. The Stibnite airport looks so close. Darn.
    Last edited by tempdoug; 01-07-2014 at 05:02 PM.

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    I really feel bad for all involved, They can find me while I have my cell phone in my pocket, but that signal Is probably long gone or too remote to get out. Someone needs to come up with a metal detector flying over the canyons and hills, even under the snow it would get a signal. You would think with what we have today something like that could be made. If they had one sunny day they could use a infra red camera just as the sun goes down, warm metal cold air and snow. Real time Sat. camera's that could zoom down close and clear, then give us a section to study. Wish I could help some how. Best of Luck

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    I understand the quest for closure but does it make sense to look for them during the winter? Others will be risking their lives to do it.

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    Obviously they hold out desperate hope for survival. Realistically you are correct - they are risking other people's lives. Hopefully the searchers exercise careful judgement that the PIC did not appear to have done.

    Metal detectors and infrared are hopeless at ths point. Now they should be employing air scent search dogs. Those boys and girls can find human remains or living from incredible distances when placed in the right locations and winds, even buried under light snow.

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    I talked to guy out there last week who asked that if the near search does not pan out, we be vigilant during the spring/summer fly ins.

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    Pictures like this of the search on foot leave me very discouraged that anything can be found at this point until June:

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    There is talk on the BCP site that says they found the plane.

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    Above link updated to reflect that they did find the aircraft.
    R.I.P. Smith Family.

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    Can someone post a pic from tomnod of actual crash site? All I've seen was that is is on a ridge 1/2 mile east of Johnson creek.

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    I'm relieved for the family and friends. To me it adds comfort to know there are many who will go to extraordinary lengths to assist in bringing closure.

    Kirby

    Ps and I'll say a prayer the next time I pass over that ridge.
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    It really is amazing that a missing plane was found in the mountains, in the winter, under snow, in the trees and after the main search was ended. If I've read the family's page and newspaper account accurately it was found very close to the JC airport. And reading a little between the lines that maybe ground searchers went to the crash location based on satellite images viewed online?

    Like most who have followed this I assumed it would be next summer before they were found after the snows melted. Congratulations to those who stuck with this.

    edit: read this article since posting above. Sounds like the satellite image search did play a big role along with the use of GoPro cameras on search planes. Neat.

    http://missoulian.com/news/state-and...a4bcf887a.html
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    Wow... amazing find.. Now... I can see a fuselage to the right of the circle in the bottom photo.. God bless the family..
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    This was a very impressive and resourceful search effort, especially in the use of imagery that could be studied by many sets of eyes in non-real-time. Those who planned and persevered in this search are certainly to be honored. As I re-read my words they sound almost trivial, but I honestly believe that the conduct and outcome of the search were extraordinary.
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    1 mile due east of JC is where the site is. How many of us fly tree top level level on that ridge? I don't know that it would have been found this spring/summer without coordinated, intentional effort.

    I'm relieved for the familys sake. Sad deal. 5 gone west. Single engine ifr over the mountains under obscured imc. Senseless.

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    I looked for broken trees in some of the images when i was looking. But in this frame there dosent appear to be any.

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    This should give us pause to stop and consider the color we paint our airplanes when recovering.

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