Candlelight vigil will honor missing plane passengers

Candlelight vigil will honor missing plane passengers

Event matches time plane was to arrive in Kake

Community members in at least three different cities will be holding candlelight vigils tonight in honor of the people who were on board a Guardian Flight medevac plane that went missing this week.

The vigil will begin at 6 p.m. at the whale statue in Juneau, according to organizers on social media. Anybody is welcome. There will also be vigils in Anchorage in Bellingham.

Pilot Patrick Coyle, 63, Flight Nurse Stacie Rae Morse, 30, and Flight Paramedic Margaret Langston Allen, 43, all based in Juneau, were listed as those on board, according to a press release from Guardian Flight.

[Read our coverage of the search here]

The vigil is expected to last until 6:19 p.m., which was the time the plane was supposed to land in Kake on Tuesday. The flight, which was coming from Anchorage, never arrived.

The search, which the U.S. Coast Guard led, was suspended at 5:30 p.m. after searchers looked for 63 hours over an area of 240 square nautical miles, according to the release. Numerous other agencies assisted in the search, including the Alaska State Troopers, the Army Air National Guard, Kake Search and Rescue, Alaska Marine Highway ferries and others.

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