Colville, WA – The Washington State Department of Transportation is asking Hunters and Hikers in the Colville, ione and Sullivan Lake areas to be on the lookout for a missing Colville Pilot and his plane.
The missing pilot is Terry Coleman, 67, of Colville. He left the Colville airport around noon on Monday, Nov. 11, for what was expected to be a one-hour flight before returning to Colville. His family contacted authorities when he didn’t return Monday afternoon. While his plane, a Cessna 182 Skylane, did have an emergency beacon, no beacon signals have been received. Two flights overnight Monday did not locate any sign of the plane.
Searchers worked on the ground Tuesday due to poor weather and visibility concerns. A decision about flying search planes or helicopters today, Wednesday, is still being made and will depend on conditions and safety of crews.
WSDOT is coordinating the search and working with area law enforcement and search and rescue groups. Searchers are focusing on an area between Colville and the town of Ione and nearby Sullivan Lake, based on where they expected Coleman to fly. The town of Ione is about 40 miles northeast of Colville in neighboring Pend Oreille County. Colville is the county seat of Stevens County.
Anyone in the area, including hunters, is asked to keep an eye out for the plane or any evidence of a crash. However, we do not want residents to form their own search crews at this time as it may interfere with tracking of the official search and rescue crews in the area. We’ll let the public know when and if we need more search crews and thank them for the offers and support they’ve already provided.
If anyone in the area does see a plane or evidence of a crash, please call 911 immediately. Anyone who has non-urgent tips can email them to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Stevens County Sheriff’s Office at 509 684-2555.
Information and Updates By Barbara LaBoe