KATAHDIN IRON WORKS TOWNSHIP (AP) – Searchers on Friday found the wreckage of a missing float plane and the pilot’s body on a mountain in a remote portion of Piscataquis County.

Kathy Hodgkins, 47, of Glenburn, the pilot and lone occupant, was killed when her Cessna 172 crashed near the top of 1,567-foot Houston Mountain, state police said.

About 40 searchers hiked into the area where the plane was last spotted on radar Thursday at 1,100 feet on a flight from Pushaw Lake in Glenburn to Lobster Lake, north of Greenville.

Searchers were working to recover the body from the wreckage and take it off the mountain. The Federal Aviation Administration planned to send an investigator to the crash site Saturday.

Hodgkins’ husband, Timothy, was in a forestry helicopter involved in the search and was notified of his wife’s death, said Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety.

Searchers from the Maine Warden Service, state police, Piscataquis Sheriff’s Department and other agencies were involved in the search.

The area was accessible only to four-wheel-drive vehicles because of the wet weather and a washout on the main road from Greenville.



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