Weather helps search for Ark. forestry pilot

AP News
Posted: Feb 10, 2014 5:55 PM

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Search crews got a rare bit of clear weather and launched two aircraft to help in the search for an Arkansas forestry pilot who disappeared on Jan. 31.

More snow is in the forecast over the massive search area in western Arkansas.

Before it moved in, an airplane and a state police helicopter flew over the rugged forestland as ground crews again fanned out to try to find Jake Harrell.

Officials say Harrell failed to check in the afternoon of Jan. 31 during what was to have been about a two-hour flight to look for wildfires.

Arkansas Forestry Commission chief Joe Fox says Harrell's route is unknown, so the search is taking place over nearly 1,500 square miles.

The search has been hampered by winter storms