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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.




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José Luis Villegas / jvillegas@sacbee.com
"The Coast Guard family at large and especially here in Sacramento is grieving and coping with our loss,"
said Capt. J.J. O'Connor, commander of the Coast Guard Air Station in Sacramento.
José Luis Villegas / jvillegas@sacbee.com
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@sacbee.com
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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     • Crash victims
Coast Guard crew: Lt. Cmdr. Che J. Barnes, 35, Capay, aircraft commander; Lt. Adam W. Bryant, 28,
Crewe, Va., co-pilot; Chief Petty Officer John F. Seidman, 43, Carmichael, flight engineer; Petty Officer
2nd Class Carl P. Grigonis, 35, Mayfield Heights, Ohio, navigator; Petty Officer 2nd Class Monica L.
Beacham, 29, Decaturville, Tenn., radio operator; Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason S. Moletzsky, 26,
Norristown, Pa., air crew; and Petty Officer 3rd Class Danny R. Kreder II, 22, Elm Mott, Texas, drop
master.

Marine Corps crew: Maj. Samuel Leigh, 35, Kennebec, Maine; 1st Lt. Thomas Claiborne, 26, Parker, Colo.
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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.




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     • UPDATE: Little hope for survivors in C-130 crash
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
     • Search ends for missing after midair collision
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
     • Search called off in military crash
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
     • Focus Falls On Cause Of Collision Off Calif. Coast
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
     • Search for California crash survivors now recovery
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
     • Nine remain missing after midair collision
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
     • Search For Crash Survivors Called Off
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




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    •    No signs of survivors so far in military plane collision in U.S.
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
     • Recovery Mission For 9 In SoCal Midair Collision
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
     • CNN - Search Ends For Missing After Pacific Air Crash
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
     • Search for survivors called off
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
     • Day 3 Search Continues For 9 In SoCal Midair Crash
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
     • Search For Calif. Crash Survivors Now Recovery
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
     • Hope for crews dim as officials seek reasons for C-130 crash
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
     • Father: Son on Marine helo declared dead
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
     • Va. flier’s family not giving up hope
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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