Mike Kelly

Missing small Alaska plane rented by the pilot

A small plane that's missing in Alaska with four people on board was rented by a pilot described as a man who makes good decisions, the individual who handled the transaction said Thursday.

Nate Sobie, manager of the True North Aviation flight school in Port Alsworth who rented the plane to the party, declined to identify those on board. Sobie said he has been assisting in the search for the Piper PA-28 Cherokee as well.

"The one comment I would have is, just let me ask everyone for prayers at this time as we search for the missing people and that they can return safely home," he said.

The plane left Port Alsworth about 10 a.m. Wednesday and was due around...