South Jordan, Utah (KINY) - After a period of mourning following the loss of three crew members near Kake earlier this past week, Guardian Flight has begun the process to resume air medical transport service in Alaska.
According to Guardian Flight senior vice president Randy Lyman, some of the crews are ready to begin flying again.
The resumption will not be all at once in the eight Alaska base locations, but will be phased in as appropriate when base crew members are ready to reinstate service.
"As we continue to search for the plane and its crew, we know our friends would want us to resume helping others when they need it the most," Lyman said. "Guardian Flight has already reinstated service at our bases in other states and we thank everyone sincerely for their thoughts and prayers during a difficult period. We will keep everyone posted on progress as we move forward in support of communities and patients in need in Alaska."
An independent SONAR search of the ocean near the last reported position of the missing aircraft is underway -- and a search for the flight recorder, sometimes referred to as a "Black Box" aboard the aircraft, for ultimate use by the National Transportation Safety Board in its investigation -- is ongoing.