Nevada Air National Guard joins search for climbers in Oregon


RENO, Nev. (AP) - The Nevada Air National Guard has joined the
search for three missing climbers on Oregon's Mt. Hood.

Sgt. Sean Collinson of the Clackamas County, Ore., sheriff's
office said a Nevada C-130 aircraft equipped with thermal imaging
would continue flying around the 11,239-foot mountain during the
night Saturday, looking to pick up body heat from the missing
climbers, who left Dec. 7 on what was to be a two-day trip.

Nevada guard spokeswoman April Conway said the crew planned to take part in the search at least through Sunday after joining it
Friday.

"They're taking it on a day-by-day basis," she said.

The aircraft features Scathe View imagery technology operated by
the Nevada Air Guard's 152nd Intelligence Squadron. It's the only
squadron in the nation equipped with the system.

Analysts in the aircraft can link video to ground staffers for
review.

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