Search team locates more plane debris, search for medevac team continues
As the search for the missing crew from a downed Guardian Flight medevac plane continues, underwater search crews have located more debris.
Senior vice president of operations Randy Lyman posted on Guardian Flight's Facebook page that search crews have found most of the aircraft pieces, including the fragmented fuselage, tail assembly, second engine, landing gear, propeller blades and other wing fragments.
The update comes not long after Lyman reported the discovery of the plane's black box cockpit voice recorder.
We are committed to continuing the search for our beloved friends who were aboard the aircraft. The onsite team estimates it has found 85-90 % of the aircraft dispersed over a large debris field. We plan to recover major fragments of the aircraft that could be useful in the NTSB’s investigation and continue to search the debris field and other painted sonar targets. The Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) is in the possession of the NTSB and being preserved for analysis.
The families of our beloved crew members have been notified of these latest developments. We are hopeful that we will be able to recover their loved ones to aid them and the entire Guardian Flight team in grieving this tremendous loss.
The missing plane 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.
Guardian Flight continued the search after the Coast Guard suspended its search for the missing plane.
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