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Location: Sitka
Type: SAR / Aircraft Crash Fatal

Dispatch Text:

On 06/10/2018 at about 0100 hours, AST in Juneau was contacted by the USCG regarding an overdue aircraft with two people on board out of Sitka.  The aircraft, a piper PA-18 on floats, piloted by Stonie Huffman, age 45 of Sitka and the passenger James Ronge, age 66 of California, departed on 06/09/2018 at about 1915 hours and was enroute to Katlian Bay area for a sightseeing flight that was scheduled to return after about 20 minutes. The USCG was notified at 2327 hours that they did not return, and began searching shortly after.  On 06/10/2018 at about 2243 hours, the USCG located the missing aircraft partially submerged in a river in Katlian Bay. The pilot, Stonie Huffman and passenger James Ronge were both located deceased. Next of kin has been notified. The NTSB will be investigating the cause of the crash.


Posted on 6/11/2018 3:20:03 PM by DPS\tjdespain

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