Guardian Flight hosts memorials statewide for lost medevac crew
The operator of a Tuesday medevac flight thought to have crashed in waters near Kake in Southeast Alaska, leaving its three occupants missing and presumed dead, held a series of candlelight memorials for them across the state and the western U.S. Friday.
Guardian Flight convened events in Anchorage, Juneau and Bellingham, Washington to remember pilot Patrick Coyle, 63; flight nurse Stacie Rae Morse, 30; and flight paramedic Margaret Langston, 43. Morse was pregnant at the time the plane went missing; the unborn baby was remembered as a fourth victim.
The Juneau-based crew’s King Air 200 turboprop took off from Anchorage at 4 p.m. Tuesday, on a direct flight to Kake. The plane was expected to arrive at 6:19 p.m., but it never arrived.
A major U.S. Coast Guard search, assisted by search-and-rescue agencies from across the region, found debris — including part of an aircraft wing — which both the Coast Guard and Guardian Flight officials now believe to be from the missing aircraft. There has been no sign of Coyle, Morse, or Langston.
According to Guardian Flight’s Alaska Facebook page, the events will last 19 minutes, to remember the 6:19 p.m. arrival time of the flight. The list of locations and times includes:
Anchorage: Base hangar, 3474 Old International Airport Rd., 6 p.m.
Fairbanks: Base hangar, 4880 Old Airport Way, 5:45 p.m.
Haines: Haines Fire Hall, 6 p.m.
Hydaburg: Alma Cook Clinic, 6 p.m.
Kake: 7 p.m.
Ketchikan: Berth 4, 6 p.m.
Klawock: SEARHC Clinic, 6 p.m.
Nome: Old St. Joe’s, 6 p.m.
Sitka: Hangar, 607 Airport Rd., 6 p.m.
Willow: 6 p.m.
Three more locations outside Alaska are also holding vigils:
Bellingham, Washington: Zuanich Point Park, 6 p.m.
Tucson, Arizona: Tucson Medical Center, 6 p.m.
Tehachapi, California: Central Park, 7 p.m.
Shannon Ballard contributed information to this story.
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