Search ongoing for missing plane

    Kake, Alaska (KINY) The pilot, a nurse, and a paramedic were on board the Guardian Air Flight that was last headed toward Kake.

    Kake Village officials said the plane was going to pick up a patient in Kake when it went down.  The search was suspended at 12 midnight and resumed at first light this morning.

    The US Coast Guard provided two cutters and an MH-60 Jayhawk Helicopter from Sitka.  The Juneau-based Alaska Army National Guard UH-60 rescue helicopter also provided assistance..  In addition, Alaska State Troopers, Kake Search and Rescue, Petersburg Search and Rescue and several good Samaritan boats are involved in the search.

    “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.”

    The Coast Guard said weather in the area was reported as light rain with overcast skies, 10 miles visibility, 7 mph winds and an air temperature of 36 degrees.

    The search was focused in an area 20 miles west of Kake in Frederick Sound.

    "With the assistance of all of those that are searching, we will diligently search the area.  The resources that we have and the partners have been invaluable in our efforts to saturate the search area," US Coast Guard Petty Officer Charly Hengen said.




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