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Crews searching for small plane overdue to Lynden

Leland and Sharon Bowman, whose plane was  overdue at Lynden airport on Saturday, July 11, in an undated photo.
Leland and Sharon Bowman, whose plane was overdue at Lynden airport on Saturday, July 11, in an undated photo. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Crews searched Sunday for a small, private plane overdue to the Lynden airport, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. The plane was due at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 11.

Sunday’s search ended for the night about 8:30 p.m. but will resume Monday morning, according to a press release.

The plane left Kalispell, Montana, about 1 p.m. Saturday with plane owner/pilot Leland Bowman, 62, his wife Sharon, 63, of Mar, Montana, and their step-granddaughter Autumn Veatch, 16, of Bellingham, aboard.

The last cell phone signal from one of the plane’s occupants was detected at about 4 p.m. in an area near Omak. The search is centering south of Mount Baker, along the intended flight plan. The plane is described as a white and red Beech 35 aircraft.

Volunteers from the Civil Air Patrol and Washington Air Search and Rescue as well as the U.S. Air Force Rescue Coordination Center are assisting WSDOT Aviation Emergency Services with the search. An incident command has been set up in Bellingham, near the airport.

The time the plane left and the last cell phone call was incorrect in earlier versions of this story. The origination of the plane’s flight also was incorrectly reported to media.

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