KODIAK, Alaska — Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, members paid tribute to three fallen Coast Guardsmen and a civilian pilot during a 20th anniversary memorial service, June 26, 2015.
On the evening of June 30, 1995, sometime before 8 p.m. an Island Air Piper Saratoga airplane crashed into the side of Pyramid Mountain carrying three Kodiak-based air station Coast Guardsmen. Killed were Chief Petty Officer Douglas Cooper, 38, Petty Officer 1st Class Danny Jackson, 35, Petty Officer 2nd Class Rodney Parsons, 31, and their pilot Christopher Canfield, 33. They were returning to Kodiak City from the village of Karluk where they had been fishing and rafting nearby.
The weather conditions at the time of the crash were reported as overcast skies with a 700-foot ceiling and visibility of seven miles.