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    Search now a recovery mission http://www.sacbee.com/topstories/story/2298434.html Slideshow a.. José Luis Villegas / jvillegas@sacbee.com Capt. J.J. O Connor,
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      Capt. J.J. O'Connor, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Air Station in Sacramento, on Sunday announces the search and rescue mission for lost crew members is now focused on recovery.

      By Loretta Kalb
      lkalb@...
      Published: Monday, Nov. 2, 2009 - 12:00 am | Page 1A

      The U.S. Coast Guard shifted Sunday from a search and rescue mission to a recovery operation for nine crew members lost in a disastrous crash off the San Diego coast.

      The search for survivors was suspended shortly before 10 a.m. after a final rescue effort by a Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter returned with no promising news. So ended 63 hours of search over more than 644 square miles of the Pacific Ocean.

      "It's not likely that anyone would have survived," Lt. Josh Nelson, the Coast Guard's public affairs officer in San Diego, told The Bee.

      Seven people were aboard a Coast Guard C-130 Hercules plane that left Sacramento on a mission to find a skiff with one aboard reported missing near Catalina Island. Two people were inside a Marine Corps helicopter on a training mission out of Camp Pendleton. The two aircraft collided Thursday night.

      Coast Guard officials said Sunday they would not speculate on the cause of the collision.

      The commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard has called for an investigation, which is ongoing, said Capt. J.J. O'Connor, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Air Station in Sacramento, where the C-130 departed for its ill-fated flight on Thursday night.

      A multi-agency joint mishap analysis board that includes the Coast Guard and Marine Corps will help guide the decision on the extent and duration of salvage efforts, Nelson said.

      Among the questions for investigators is aircraft collision avoidance systems. The Coast Guard C-130 does have a collision avoidance system, which detects another aircraft in the area provided the other craft's transponder is squawking, Nelson said.

      Investigators also will be looking for the on-board recording system for details on the crash.

      The missing boater, identified as 50-year-old David Thomas Jines of Avalon, Catalina Island, has not been found, Petty Officer Christina Bozeman of the Los Angeles-Long Beach Coast Guard station said Sunday.

      She said the search for Jines had continued despite the Thursday night casualties, but ended Saturday.

      The Jayhawk's four-member crew on Sunday morning saw some debris from the crash area before returning to San Diego, Nelson said. The debris was not widely dispersed because winds were benign, he said.

      The nearly 200 members of the Sacramento Coast Guard station stood down after the crash and will remain so until next Monday. Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point Hawaii has stepped in to handle Sacramento station calls.

      In the shade of a C-130 plane at McClellan on Sunday, O'Connor said at a news conference that four chaplains and a number of grief counselors had arrived to help the families of the missing crew members as well as the nearly 200 members of the Sacramento Coast Guard station.

      "The Coast Guard family at large and especially here in Sacramento is grieving and coping with our loss," O'Connor said.

      Chaplain Mark Smith, a captain in the Navy Chaplain Corps, which also serves the Marine Corps and Coast Guard, said he arrived Sunday morning in Sacramento to assist Chaplain Darrell Wesley.

      Wesley, a Navy Chaplain Corps commander, came to Sacramento as soon as he heard about the collision, Smith said.

      "He came here from Alameda, because they know him," Smith said.

      Smith said chaplains and counselors are giving grieving family members and Coast Guard members "a chance to talk and help put things into perspective and help focus their efforts to honor the people they care about."

      The Coast Guard is holding a memorial service for the crew to be attended by family and friends at 11 a.m. Friday at McClellan Air Park in North Highlands.

      Officials said Sunday night they will announce this week whether the memorial service will be open to the public.

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      C-130 Crash Brings Wave of Support for Sacramento Coast Guard Station

      http://www.news10.net/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=69687

      SACRAMENTO, CA - As the search continued for seven Sacramento-based crewmen lost in the suspected crash of a Coast Guard C-130 and a Marine Corps helicopter, Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento officials thanked the national and international organizations that rallied support for their outpost since Thursday's crash.

      "We are very thankful that we have had an outpouring of support from throughout the United States," Air Station Sacramento operations officer Cmdr. Mitchell Morrison said. "We feel very blessed that we have had that support."

      Air Station Sacramento executive officer Cmdr. Greg Buxa

      Station executive officer Cmdr. Greg Buxa said since Thursday's crash near San Clemente Island, Coast Guard units from the Bay Area and beyond have pitched in to help the depleted Sacramento station maintain its patrol responsibilities.

      A C-130 crew from Barbers Point, Hawaii, arrived Friday to help take over the Sacramento watch as well as help station personnel through the tragedy. A four-man Barbers Point helicopter crew died in September 2008 when their craft crashed during a training exercise.

      Local agencies also stepped up to help the Air Station Sacramento community. A Sacramento Metro Fire incident management team moved in to help the station assemble data on the crash and respond to the accident. Meanwhile, Sacramento city fire personnel aided with staffing support, Mitchell said.

      The missing crew members from the Coast Guard C-130 were identified as aircraft commander Lt. Cmdr. Che J. Barnes, 35, of Capay; co-pilot Lt. Adam W. Bryant, 28, of Crewe, Va.; flight engineer Chief Petty Officer John F. Seidman, 43, of Carmichael;  navigator Petty Officer 2nd Class Carl P. Grigonis, 35, from Mayfield Heights, Ohio; radio operator Petty Officer 2nd Class Monica L. Beacham, 29, of Decaturville, Tenn.; Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason S. Moletzsky, 26, of Norristown, Pa.; and drop master Petty Officer 3rd Class Danny R. Kreder II, 22, from Elm Mott, Tex.


      36 News Photos
      • The Coast Guard is now calling its search for seven of its own members a recovery mission. The seven Coast Guard members have been missing since Thursday when a C-130 crashed into a Marine Corps AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter. Two marines were on board the helicopter, and are also missing.
        Soundings - Nov 01 12:02 PM
      • Authorities have decided to call off a search-and-rescue mission for nine people who may have plunged into the Pacific Ocean off southern California after a Coast Guard C-130 plane and a Marine AH-1 Cobra helicopter collided Thursday night.
        CNN - Nov 01 4:56 PM
      • LOS ANGELES | The search for nine people missing when a U.S. Coast Guard plane collided with a Marine Corps helicopter over the Pacific Ocean is now a recovery mission, officials said Sunday. Petty Officer 1st Class Allison Conroy said there was little chance of finding survivors among the seven military personnel aboard the Coast Guard C-130 and the two in the Marine Corps AH-1W Super Cobra ...
        The Washington Times - Nov 02 3:24 AM
      • With the possibility of finding survivors all but gone and the ocean search shifted from a rescue effort to a recovery mission, focus fell Monday on what caused a Marine Corps helicopter and U.S. Coast Guard plane to collide over the Pacific. Petty Officer First Class Allison Conroy said there was little chance of finding survivors among the seven military personnel aboard the Coast Guard C-130 ...
        CBS4 Denver - Nov 02 12:47 AM
      • LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials say they're no longer searching for survivors of a midair collision between a U.S. Coast Guard plane and a Marine Corps helicopter over the Pacific Ocean. Petty Officer First Class Allison Conroy said there was little chance of finding survivors among the seven military personnel aboard the Coast Guard C-130 and the two in the Marine Corps AH-1W Super Cobra ...
        CBS 47 Fresno - Nov 02 2:39 AM
      • Rescuers were still searching Saturday for nine people missing in the Pacific off the southern California coast after a Coast Guard C-130 plane and a Marine AH-1 Cobra helicopter collided Thursday night.
        CNN - Oct 31 9:06 PM
      • A search for survivors of a collision between two military aircraft off the coast of Southern California has been called off, authorities say. Nine people were aboard the two craft, a Coast Guard C-130 airplane and a Marine AH-1 Cobra helicopter, that collided Thursday.
        OfficialWire - Nov 02 1:27 AM
      36 News Photos
      • Authorities has determined to continue its search-and-rescue mission in the sea area where a Coast Guard C-130 plane and a Marine Corps AH-1W helicopter collided with each other during flight Thursday evening, although no survivors have been spotted so far. A spokesman with the Coast Guard said that they had been conducting "search and rescue" operation ever since the time when the news of the ...
        People's Daily - Nov 01 6:47 PM
      • The search for nine people missing when a U.S. Coast Guard plane collided with a Marine Corps helicopter over the Pacific Ocean is now a recovery mission, officials said Sunday. Petty Officer First Class Allison Conroy said there was little chance of finding survivors among the seven military personnel aboard the Coast Guard C-130 and the two in the Marine Corps AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter.
        CBS 13 Sacramento - Nov 01 1:13 PM
      • Authorities Have Called Off A Search-And-Rescue Mission For Nine People Who May Have Plunged Into The Pacific Ocean Off Southern California After A Coast Guard C-130 Plane And A Marine AH-1 Cobra Helicopter Collided Thursday.
        WSB-TV 2 Atlanta - Nov 01 11:59 AM
      • SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Two Marine helicopter pilots and seven members of a Coast Guard crew remained lost at sea after a Cobra chopper and a Coast Guard C-130 transport plane collided Thursday evening over the ocean about 50 miles west of San Clemente Island.
        KUSI News San Diego - Nov 01 11:32 AM
      • Hope was fading but a search for survivors was set to continue into a third day Sunday for nine people who went missing when a U.S. Coast Guard plane collided with a Marine Corps helicopter over the Pacific Ocean. Rear Adm. Joseph Castillo said at a news conference Saturday evening that there was still a chance of finding survivors among the seven military personnel aboard the Coast Guard C-130 ...
        CBS 2 Los Angeles - Nov 01 8:56 AM
      • LOS ANGELES (AP) - The search for nine people missing when a U.S. Coast Guard plane collided with a Marine Corps helicopter over the Pacific Ocean is now a recovery mission, officials said Sunday. Petty Officer First Class Allison Conroy said there was little chance of finding survivors among the seven military personnel aboard the Coast Guard C-130 and the two in the Marine Corps AH-1W Super ...
        LEX 18 Lexington - Nov 01 10:35 AM
      • The fates of crews on a Coast Guard plane and Marine helicopter that crashed over the Pacific Ocean appeared grim as a search continued and officials began to seek reasons for the mid-air collision.
        The Sacramento Bee - Oct 30 6:43 AM
      • LOS ANGELES — The search for nine people missing when a Coast Guard plane collided with a Marine Corps helicopter over the Pacific Ocean is now a recovery mission, officials said Sunday.Petty Officer First Class Allison Conroy said there was little chance of finding survivors among the seven military personnel aboard the Coast Guard C-130 and two in the Marine Corps AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter ...
        Air Force Times - Nov 01 10:40 AM
      • The parents of a missing Coast Guard aviator from Virginia aren’t giving up hope that their son survived a collision with a Marine Corps helicopter. Adam Bryant, 28, of Crewe is among the nine people missing at sea after Thursday’s crash off the Southern California coast, the Coast Guard said. Bryant was co-pilot of the Coast Guard C-130.
        Richmond Times-Dispatch - Oct 31 8:22 PM
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