Hunt for missing pilots won't resume, Coast Guard says

SAND POINT -- The Coast Guard has no plans to resume searching for the two pilots on board a cargo flight that crashed near Sand Point, a spokesman said. Coast Guard aircraft and fishing vessels looked for hours Friday, finding debris in the water but no sign of ACE Air Cargo pilot Ameer Ali, 28, and co-pilot Emily Lewis, 23.

Their aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff from the Sand Point airport. The plane had been bound for Anchorage with a load of fish and mail.

The Coast Guard said it received a call about 12:20 a.m. Friday from Sand Point police that fire department responders and others had reported debris in the water off the end of the runway. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

Anchorage Daily News /