Nicholas Joseph Begich
Missing since October 16, 1972 from southeast Alaska
Classification: Endangered Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
Begich was last seen in Alaska on October 16, 1972. He was the U.S. Representative At-Large for Alaska and on a campaign fund-raising tour for his reelection when he disappeared aboard a twin engine Cessna 310 plane on a flight from Anchorage to Juneau Alaska. Begich was an outspoken Democrat and a father of six, running for his second two-year term.
Also aboard was U.S. Representative At-Large from Alaska Thomas Hale Boggs Sr. , Begich's aide Russell Brown and pilot Don Jonz.
The group left Anchorage International Airport at 9.00 on October 16. The trip to Juneau would have taken them through Portage Pass near Whittier and along the Gulf of Alaska to the Southeast Panhandle. The plane disappeared as it was approaching the Chugach mountain range in southeast Alaska. The pilot last spoke to the tower at 9:12. The airplane was reported overdue in Juneau about 14.00. Severe turbulence and extreme icing was reported in the pass.
Zonz, 38, an experienced Alaska bush pilot was the owner of Pan-Alaska Airways of Fairbanks. The plane had no emergency locater beacon and no survival gear on board.
The most extensive air search in the state's history failed to turn up a clue.
Investigators Alaska State Troopers
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Anchorage Daily News (AK) 10/16/92