Guardian Flight calls off 2-month search for crew members
Guardian Flight Alaska has called off its search for three crew members lost in Southeast Alaska two months ago.
According to its Facebook page on Wednesday, the company is still planning a helicopter search of the shoreline for any wreckage. However, Guardian has yet to find the remains of the three people who were on board the King Air 200.
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.
The Guardian Flight post continued, stating the cockpit voice recorder (black box) was located and sent for analysis by the National Transportation Safety Board in Washington, D.C.
Guardian scoured seven square miles of ocean and ocean floor in addition to searching more than 700 linear miles by boat, the post reads.
"This is a very sad time for us and our team," Randy Lyman, the company's senior vice president of operations, wrote in the post, "the families of our friends who died in this tragedy, and for everyone associated with flying patients in need of a higher level of care."
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