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Florida teachers aboard plane missing in Alaska

A search was suspended Wednesday for a plane carrying three people, including two Florida teachers.

The Cessna 180 left Hallo Bay a week ago Wednesday and was due in Homer that afternoon, but it has yet to arrive.

The plane was piloted by Bert Novak, a retired Northwest Airlines pilot from Palmer, Alaska. Also aboard were Pam and James Hawthorne, both teachers from Palm Beach County.

Pam Hawthorne is a teacher at Discovery Key Elementary, west of Lake Worth. James teaches at Palm Beach Mall Academy in West Palm Beach.

The route the Cessna was flying was roughly 120 miles, about half over water. The Cessna was not equipped for sea landings.

The Alaska Air National Guard, the Coast Guard, the Civil Air Patrol, the Air Force, and the Department of Fish and Game were involved in daily searches.

The search area was in a remote part of Alaska consisting of more than 6,500 square miles of uninhabited islands, glaciers, rain forests and open water.

_ Wire reports

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