Search crews may have moved a step closer to finding the wreckage of the Guardian Flight that disappeared in January with three people on board.

The missing plane is a Beechcraft King Air 200. It vanished Jan. 29 on its way to Kake from Anchorage. The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search for the plane and its Juneau-based flight crew — pilot Patrick Coyle, 63; flight nurse Stacie Rae Morse, 30; and flight paramedic Margaret Langston Allen, 43 — after it found debris believed to be from the missing plane. Family members say Morse was pregnant when the plane went missing.

Senior vice president of operations Randy Lyman posted on Guardian Flight's Facebook page late Sunday afternoon that the team may have a lead.

 The full post reads:

"Our search team, utilizing side scanning sonar technology, has located what might possibly turn out to be an unknown part of our missing aircraft in the extended search area. Indications are the object is possibly 25 feet long by 6 to 8 feet wide. It is at approximately 600 feet deep in Frederick Sound and within a mile of the underwater beacon signals from the Cockpit Voice Recorder (Black Box). In order to properly identify the object, our next step is to re-launch a submersible Remotely Operated Vehicle, which will take a number of days to accomplish. We are hopeful that this might be a positive step in the process to recover our missing friends and return them to their families. We will keep this space updated as soon as we know more."


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