Guardian Flight aircraft reported missing


9:30 PM CT January 30th Update:

As part of ongoing efforts to keep everyone posted on developments, Guardian Flight has released the names of the personnel aboard the missing aircraft: Pilot Patrick Coyle, 63, Flight Nurse Stacie Rae Morse, 30, and Flight Paramedic Margaret Langston Allen, 43, all based in Juneau. We continue to ask for prayers and support as we focus on these crew members and their families during this very difficult time. – Randy Lyman, Guardian Flight

A Guardian Flight aircraft has been reported missing with three members of staff onboard. Randy Lyman, Senior Vice President of Operations, Guardian Flight issued a statement: “Guardian Flight family is devastated to report that a company aircraft flying from Anchorage to Kake, Alaska has been reported missing. Three Guardian Flight employees, a pilot, nurse, and paramedic, were aboard the aircraft, a twin-engine King Air. Our thoughts and prayers go out to our fellow employees and their families during this very trying time.

A search for the aircraft and crew is underway and Guardian Flight has initiated a stand down of the company's entire fleet until further information is available. Guardian Flight will be cooperating fully with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). We will post more information on this site as it becomes available.”

Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders received notification from Sitka Flight Services that a Guardian King Air 200 medical life flight was expected to land in Kake at 6:19 p.m., however, the aircraft never landed. Watchstanders directed the launch of the Coast Guard Cutter Anacapa crew to conduct the search near the last known position of the aircraft. Good Samaritan vessels are also searching the area. “Coast Guard crews are diligently searching for the missing aircraft and individuals,” said Lt j.g. Colin McClelland, Coast Guard Sector Juneau command duty officer. “We appreciate the assistance of the good Samaritan vessels and we hope we locate the aircraft and people soon.”



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