Ore. Civil Air Patrol pilots help find lost planes

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BEND, Ore. (AP) -- The Civil Air Patrol in the Bend area in central Oregon has been busy lately -- and its pilots wish they weren't.

In the past two weeks, the Bend patrol chapter has responded to two aircraft rescue calls, an abnormal number of missions in such a short time.

Civil Air Patrol Lt. Mike Wissing told The Bulletin newspaper in Bend the mission is a success if they spot the downed aircraft, but more often than not, it's just wreckage without survivors.

The Civil Air Patrol is a national nonprofit branch of the Air Force that is operated by volunteers. The Bend chapter -- the High Desert Composite Squadron -- has 40 members and is the only squadron with planes east of the Cascades.

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Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com