It was on October 16, 1972, that Alaska’s lone member of the U.S. House of Representatives and three others, including a prominent member of Congress from New Orleans, disappeared on a flight from Anchorage to Juneau. Nicholas Joseph Begich was declared dead in December after the plane was never found despite a major search effort. The crash was believed to have been caused by bad weather although no wreckage or debris has ever been found. The tragedy and the all-out military and Coast Guard search for the missing plane led to passage by Congress of legislation requiring locator beacons be placed in all aircraft.
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