It was only a few days ago that we pointed out that Guardian (the medical flight company, whose unfortunate aircraft crashed in the sea, taking along with it the crew members) was not giving up the search for the fallen brave souls. Their search operations have seen a ray of hope now after they persisted with the activity even after the coast guard had finally given up. It is believed that the search team has found a “strong ping” emanating from the beacon that was attached to the cockpit voice recorder of the medical flight – a Beechcraft King Air 200 Purboprop. The development was made public by Clint Johnson who is the chief of National Transportation Safety Board in Alaska.
The Medical Flight Could be Close to Admiralty Island
Johnson made it public that the ping seems to be originating from the southern tip of Admiralty Island. The ping was caught by the search team as it was specifically tuned in to capture one. The ping locator itself was being towed by a boat. The search crew, it is believed, is now making all efforts to locate the wreckage of the medical flight. This is of extreme importance for two reasons: one this will bring a proper closure to the tragedy and two, the wreckage will help the investigations into the crash hugely. At this point, it is not entirely clear why the medical flight crashed in the first place.
The Search Operations are Entering a New Phase
It is only a matter of time before the medical flight is pin pointed so that the wreckage can be taken out. It is highly likely, said one official of Guardian medical flight, that an underwater search vehicle is employed to make this possible. The senior vice president of the company released a statement where he reiterated the organization’s heartfelt condolences to the families of the fallen heroes.