Searchers may have found crashed Alaskan air ambulance

An object relatively the same size as the King Air 200 that disappeared in January on the way to pick up a patient has been located in Frederick Sound


By EMS1 Staff

JUNEAU — Searchers may have found the crashed vessel of an air ambulance that disappeared on Jan. 29, carrying three people on board.

Anchorage Daily News reported that an object that appears to be the same size as the King Air 200 air ambulance was located using sonar technology in Frederick Sound, within a mile of the location indicated by the underwater beacon signal detected last month.

An object that appears to be the same size as the King Air 200 air ambulance was located using sonar technology in Frederick Sound, within a mile of the location indicated by the underwater beacon signal detected last month. (Photo/Guardian Flight)
An object that appears to be the same size as the King Air 200 air ambulance was located using sonar technology in Frederick Sound, within a mile of the location indicated by the underwater beacon signal detected last month. (Photo/Guardian Flight)

“Our search team, utilizing side-scanning sonar technology, has located what might possibly turn out to be an unknown part of our missing aircraft in the extended search area,” Guardian Flight Senior Vice President of Operations Randy Lyman, who oversees the team’s search efforts, said.

The next step is to investigate the object using a “remotely operated submersible.”

Pilot Patrick Coyle, Flight Nurse Stacie Rae Morse and Flight Paramedic Margaret Langston were on board the aircraft.

“We are hopeful that this might be a positive step in the process to recover our missing friends and return them to their families,” Lyman said.

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