Search underway near Gulf of Alaska for small plane carrying 2

A search was underway Monday for a plane missing north of the Gulf of Alaska, authorities say.

The Alaska State Troopers said they were notified around noon Sunday of an overdue Beechcraft Bonanza believed to be carrying a pilot and a passenger that left Glennallen just before 9 a.m., en route to Ketchikan. The last known communication with the plane was about 18 miles inland from Cape Yakataga, troopers said.

The Rescue Coordination Center launched an Alaska Air National Guard HC-130 Monday morning, according to a Guard spokesman. Bad weather is limiting the search.

Troopers said they had notified next of kin for the two occupants advising them of the overdue aircraft.