Missing plane search moves to Cook County

A Lakeville man and his twin engine airplane are still missing as of this morning, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s office. There remain few clues on where he may have gone or why.

The Duluth News-Tribune reports Michael Arthur Bratlie, a 67 year old seasoned pilot with thousands of hours of U.S. Navy and airline flight time, went missing Friday night north of Duluth. Air, ground and water searches have turned up no sign of the twin engine Piper PA-31 Navajo.

The last radar and cell phone contact with Bratlie placed the aircraft just northeast of Silver Bay.

The search is focused on a broad area of the North Shore, mostly in Cook County. Several Civil Air Patrol aircraft searched Monday but were temporarily  grounded because of high winds.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources fire-spotting planes are now involved and the Border Patrol also has been notified, as have local sheriff’s offices. The Coast Guard also used boats and aircraft in the search.