Memorial set for pilot in Guardian Flight crash
The pilot of a medevac flight carrying three people, believed dead after it plunged into waters off Kake in Southeast Alaska, will be remembered Saturday at a service in Pennsylvania.
Guardian Flight Alaska’s Facebook page announced Friday that friends and family of Patrick Coyle will gather for a memorial in Lansdale, Penn. A series of candlelight vigils in their memory was held earlier this month at Guardian Flight facilities across the state.
Coyle, along with flight medic Margaret Langston and flight nurse Stacie Morse – who was pregnant with a daughter at the time – had been expected in Kake on the night of Jan. 29, but their twin-engine Beechcraft King Air turboprop never arrived.
Coyle’s family said in a statement that “we grieve together” with the Langston and Morse families.
“Our hearts also go out to Pat's Guardian Family and the larger Juneau, Kake, and Emergency Medical Services communities,” Coyle’s family wrote. “We do find solace in knowing Pat was doing the noble work that he loved alongside a crew he loved as well.”
As Guardian considers a possible salvage effort for the aircraft, the families who lost loved ones in the crash are hoping one takes place.
“We continue to pray for the successful recovery of his remains and those of his beloved crew and anticipate a private burial service at a later time,” Coyle’s family said.
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