Search for overdue aircraft near Kake, Alaska continues

A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter

Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk File Photo

KODIAK, Alaska – The Coast Guard, partner agencies and volunteers continue the search for the overdue aircraft near Kake, Alaska, Wednesday.

It was reported that debris from a plane was located in the water approximately 22 miles west of Kake, near the south tip of Admiralty Island in the Chatham Strait. The Coast Guard cannot confirm the debris is from the overdue aircraft.

The Coast Guard Cutter Anacapa, Coast Guard Cutter Bailey Barco and a Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew continue the search.

Also assisting in the search are:

  • Petersburg Search and Rescue
  • Alaska State Troopers
  • Kake Search and Rescue
  • Wrangell Search and Rescue
  • Alaska Marine Highways Ferries
  • Good Samaritans

“We have received reports of debris in the water and are concentrating search efforts near that area,” said Capt. Stephen White, Coast Guard Sector Juneau commander. “Through our coordinated efforts with all involved we continue to actively search, we are thankful for the assistance rendered.”

Weather in the area is reported as a rain and snow mix with overcast skies, 7 mph winds and an air temperature of 39 degrees. The water temperature is 42 degrees with 1-3 foot swells.

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