- Associated Press - Monday, December 12, 2016

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The National Park Service is suspending the search for a small plane that’s believed to have crashed into an Alaska lake with four people on board shortly after taking off en route to Anchorage.

Park Service officials said Monday the search has been hampered by persistent ice fog over Lake Clark. Officials say items found in the lake last week confirmed the plane crashed there.

The single-engine Piper PA-28 left Port Alsworth Wednesday morning and was due two hours later in Anchorage, about 170 miles to the northeast.

Those on board have been identified as the pilot, Lyle Longerbeam, and his passengers, Scott Blom and his teenage children, Kaitlyn Blom and Zach Blom. All are from Port Alsworth.

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