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Coast Guard in search for overdue R66 helicopter near Kodiak, Alaska

Coast Guard is search for overdue R66 helicopter near Kodiak, Alaska
Archive image: A Kodiak-based MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter hovers over the runway after the first big snow fall near Old Woman’s Bay. The snow didn’t slow down this air crew as they fly off to conduct training Nov. 6, 2008. The members of Air Station Kodiak conduct training all year round to ensure the helicopters and crews are always ready.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Richard Brahm.

JUNEAU, Alaska – The Coast Guard is search for an overdue R66 helicopter approximately 66 nautical miles northeast of Kodiak, Alaska, Tuesday.

Missing is Andy Teuber from Anchorage, last seen wearing a hat, black sweater, and jeans. The helicopter he’s reported to be flying is a black and white Robinson R66 with the tail number N1767.

Searching for him are a MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter aircrew and an HC-130 Hercules airplane aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak.

Coast Guard is search for overdue R66 helicopter near Kodiak, Alaska
Archive image: A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter takes off for a training flight in Kodiak, Alaska, June 1, 2018. Training flights are frequently flown to ensure aircrews stay proficient with qualifications and emergency procedures during flight.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Charly Hengen.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Anchorage command center received notification from a family member at 5 p.m. that Teuber left Merrill Field Airport at 2:09 p.m. with intentions of traveling to Kodiak. Teuber’s last known location was approximately 66 nautical miles northeast of Kodiak.

Watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and directed the launch of aircrews from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak.

“Our primary focus is the safety of the overdue helicopter pilot,” said Ensign Muenter from Coast Guard Sector Anchorage. “Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sector Anchorage command center at (907) 428-4100).”

Coast Guard is search for overdue R66 helicopter near Kodiak, Alaska
Archive image: Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircraft stand ready for deployment in the hanger in Kodiak, Alaska, Aug. 1, 2013. Air Station Kodiak is the largest Coast Guard command in District 17 and the Pacific Area (PACAREA), and has a present complement of HC-130Hs, MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters and MH-65 Dolphin helicopters to execute search and rescue missions, assist mariners in distress, provide medevac transport and conduct other necessary operations.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Auxiliarist Tracey Mertens.

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