Troopers: Plane carrying 2, missing since 2008, found near Juneau
The discovery of a wrecked plane near Juneau has apparently ended the nearly decade-long mystery of what happened to a missing aircraft, carrying two people, which disappeared in 2008.
Alaska State Troopers spokesman Tim DeSpain said troopers were informed Wednesday that wreckage had been found on Admiralty Island. He said the tail number of the aircraft matched that of a Cessna 182 floatplane missing since Aug. 9, 2008 -- N9350X -- which the National Transportation Safety Board concluded had apparently crashed with both occupants presumed dead.
According to AST dispatch on Saturday, "AST was able to confirm that the wreckage found at the scene was the missing airplane from 2008."
Human remains were found at the scene and will be sent to the State Medical Examiner's office to be positively identified.
The Juneau Empire reported that a massive air and water search took place for 56-year-old Brian Andrews, then the state’s deputy revenue commissioner, and 24-year-old Brandon Andrews. The two hadn’t returned from a trip from Juneau to Young Lake – their second of the day as they retrieved gear from a cabin.
Clint Johnson, the NTSB’s Alaska chief, said he was the accident investigator at the time the Andrews’ plane went missing. He said the wreckage, which was found about 15 miles southeast of Juneau, reopened the existing case on the Cessna which was never formally closed.
“The [missing-aircraft files] reside in our office, so when it’s found like this we pick up that file and the investigation continues,” Johnson said.
Johnson said that friends and family had maintained interest in the case since 2008, posting updates on a search website.