Aircraft matches the one belonging to missing pilot George Regis, of Battle Ground.

COURTESY PHOTO: KOIN 6 NEWS - George Regis was the pilot of a single-engine plane that crashed on the north side of Mount Hood.A missing pilot's plane was found on the north side of Mount Hood Tuesday, Jan. 29, and its sole occupant is dead.

The Hood River Sheriff's Office (HRSO) said the plane matches one belonging to 63-year-old pilot George Regis of Battle Ground, Wash. Regis was last seen taking off from a Camas airfield on Friday, Jan. 25, according to a press release from HRSO. His flight was bound for Arizona. The plane did not arrive there, and his wife reported him missing on Monday, Jan. 28.

On Tuesday, Jan. 29 Civil Air Patrol (CAP) located a signal from the plane's emergency beacon and narrowed the location of the signal to the area of Eliot Glacier, on the north side of Mount Hood.

At approximately 3:14 p.m. Jan. 29, a fix-wing CAP pilot visually confirmed the downed aircraft's tail number as matching the missing plane.

At 3:22 p.m., an Oregon Air National Guard helicopter crew also confirmed the tail number, and determined there was a deceased man in the plane. Regis was the sole occupant of the four-person, single engine plane.

A retrieval operation on Mount Hood began on Wednesday, Jan. 30. The recovery teams were comprised of members from the Hood River Crag Rats, Oregon Air National Guard's 125th Special Tactics Squadron and the Air Force Reserve Command's 304th Rescue Squadron.

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