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Jul 3, 2013 - The Associated Press

Search continues for Randy Udall

A wilderness search for James "Randy" Udall, whose family is well-known in Western politics, continued Tuesday with no sign of the environmentalist and energy efficiency advocate overdue almost a week from a solo backpacking trip in the shadow of Wyoming's highest mountain.

Udall is a brother of Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, cousin of New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall, and son of the late Arizona Rep. Morris Udall. His uncle, Stewart Udall, was Interior secretary in the 1960s.

Dozens of searchers on the ground and in two helicopters were looking for Udall in a 225-square-mile area of the Wind River Range southwest of 13,809-foot Gannett Peak.

Udall, 61, left June 20 from a trailhead 10 miles northwest of Pinedale in western Wyoming. He was due back June 29. The search for him began Friday, the day he was reported missing.

Plane crashes on reservation

BILLINGS, Mont. -- An airplane with two people on board has crashed at Fort Smith on the Crow Indian Reservation.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said the plane crashed at about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. He said he had no information on whether those on board were injured.

Big Horn County Coroner Terry Bullis told the newspaper he had not been contacted about the crash as of 2:10 p.m.

FAA records show the single-engine Aviat A-1B Husky is registered to a ranch near Gillette.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.

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