Guardian Flight detects black box 'ping' in search for missing plane

    Kake, Alaska (KINY) - Guardian Flight has confirmed that the ping from their missing flight near Kake has been detected underwater.

    In a press release Tuesday, Guardian Flight's senior vice president for operations, Randy Lyman, confirmed the find.

    "We are confirming that the search efforts for Guardian Flight's missing crew and aircraft has taken a step forward," Lyman said. "The underwater beacon ping from the cockpit voice recorder 'black box' has been detected."

    There will now be efforts to narrow down its location through triangulation and to determine depth.

    "We are hopeful that the Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle will assist in visually spotting the aircraft and be followed by successful recovery efforts," Lyman said. "Again, our thoughts, prayers and deepest heartfelt feelings are extended to the families, friends and colleagues of our fellow crew members."

    The King Air 200 disappeared Jan. 29 en route to pick up a patient in the southeast community of Kake.

    The pilot, flight nurse and flight paramedic on board the plane were Guardian Flight employees.

    The Coast Guard searched hundreds of square miles before suspending the search Jan. 31.

    An aircraft wing and other debris were found at the search site. Guardian Flight officials say they believe it was the missing plane.

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