Loss of Coast Guard Aircraft 6017

Admiral Robert J. Papp, 24th Commandant of the Coast Guard (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Posted from ADM Papp’s All Hands e-mail of 7/7/2010:

From: Papp, Robert ADM
Sent: Wednesday, July 07, 2010 8:19 PM
Subject: Loss of Coast Guard Aircraft 6017


It is with deep regret and sadness that I report the crash of CG6017 today along the coast near La Push, WA. CG6017, flown by a four person crew from Air Station Sitka, was in transit from Astoria, Oregon, to Sitka, Alaska. A multi-agency search and rescue effort located the four crewmembers; one was severely injured and three were deceased.

Although many of you want to know the names and status of the crew, we are following the appropriate notification procedures. We will release additional information to all of you as soon as possible.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the officers and crew of Air Station Sitka and their families. Our immediate focus is on providing the necessary care and support to the families of the crew and their shipmates. We will dispatch every resource and provide support services required to meet their needs. The Seventeenth District Commander, RADM Colvin, is headed to Air Station Sitka to stand by our shipmates and their families.

We will conduct an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the mishap to determine the cause and help prevent future incidents. CG6017 salvage and recovery efforts are underway.

Additionally, I am directing operational commanders to conduct a safety stand down for every Air Station in the Coast Guard. The details of which will be conveyed in separate correspondence, a “personal for” message to Air Station commanding officers.

I ask all of you to please take a moment to pause and reflect on your duties and responsibilities as you stand the watch.

Semper Paratus,

Admiral Bob Papp