Yes it was mixed emotions. I think we can all let Brian and Brandon rest in piece now, along with all that knew them.
A quick summery of the day he went missing;
It was a bad Southeast weather day that came on suddenly over night. Brian had flown his family into a forest service rental cabin at Young's Lake about 15 minute flight a few days earlier. They had more then one plane load coming out so Brian flew his family to Juneau on the first flight than turned around right away to retrieve the camping gear. Brandon was a newly minted Instrument rated pilot but the float 182 had very basic instruments. Obviously the weather only got worst as noon came on. By time the family reported the plane late the weather made search and rescue difficult. The ELT was tested and working at the last annual so the greatest part of the search was concentrated over the water because no signal was detected. The route between the lake cabin and Juneau airport was almost entirely over water so the searchers were looking for something floating. Now seeing the pictures of the plane and terrain no wonder no one could see the plane. I'm kinda thinking they where using a handheld GPS and got vertigo. Most floatplanes in southeast AK have very poor maintenance on their vacuum system and artificial horizons. Many of us just figured we would land and wait out the weather if it ever got too bad, that's why we have floats. In the real world, you just tell yourself that it's only a fifteen minute flight.
Klaus Marx - Piper Pacer Pilot
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