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SHELDON, CLIMBERS SAFE

Talkeetna bush pilot Don Sheldon and three Japanese mountain climbers were reported spending a reasonably comfortable night at the 6,000-foot level ...

1 May

SHELDON, CLIMBERS SAFE


Talkeetna bush pilot Don Sheldon and three Japanese mountain climbers were reported spending a reasonably comfortable night at the 6,000-foot level of Mt. McKinley after Sheldon landed there to escape bad weather and fading daylight Tuesday night.

A spokesman for the Rescue Coordination Center said Sheldon was reported overdue on a flight to the 7,200-foot level of the mountain with the climbers.

An Air Force C-130 and a Civil Air Patrol Cessna 310 were sent to the area and found Sheldon through his craft's crash locator beeper. They said Sheldon was in a pocket where his radio would not carry. Sheldon radioed that his passengers were all right and he would take off as soon as the weather cleared today.

The spokesman said Sheldon told the searchers he landed because "the weather and the sky all ran out at the same time."