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WI native part of search for Malaysia Airlines plane

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ASHWAUBENON (WKOW) -- A man from Wisconsin is playing a crucial role in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.

33-year-old Dylan Artuss of Ashwaubenon serves on the USS Pinckney, helping to keep search helicopters running.

His mom, Linda Hansen, says she knows her son and the other sailors are doing their best to find the missing plane.

"I am so hopeful that they can be able to give peace to these families to find them and we believe in miracles, maybe we'll find them."

The USS Pinckney was in the South China Sea for a training mission, but was diverted after the plane disappeared.

More than 40 ships and another 30 search planes are scoured the sea for any sign of flight 370.

Oil slicks and debris found in the water were ruled out as being from the missing aircraft.

Investigators are racing against time.

There's a homing device on the plane's black box recorder, but it will run out of power in about a month.

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