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Coast Guard Searches for Missing Pilot Following Collision

June 21, 1988

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) _ Two light aircraft flying side by side collided about 195 miles west of Iceland, and an air and sea search continued Tuesday for a missing pilot, civil aviation authorities said.

The other plane, piloted by an American identified only as Chase H. Osborne, landed safely at Reykjavik Airport Monday night despite a damaged wing, they said.

The missing pilot was believed to be British but the British Consulate in the Icelandic capital did not release his identity.

The two Maule single-engined propeller planes were being delivered to owners in Europe and had taken off from Goose Bay, Newfoundland, said Skuli Jon Sigurdarson, a civil aviation official.

They stopped at Narsarsuaq, Greenland, before continuing to Iceland, he said.

After Osborne radioed word of the collision to Reykjavik on Monday evening, coast guard planes and ships mounted a search, joined by merchant vessels and aircraft from the U.S. military base at Keflavik.

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