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Tragic Accident
By Rob Holston


July 26, 2007
Thursday PM

I had the experience of meeting Joe Campbell just days before the air crash that took his life along with his four passengers. He showed up at Air Marine Harbor Saturday morining as I was about to depart on an excursion to Guard Island Lighthouse. I invited him to board, half thinking he was part of my cruise ship crowd. Joe introduced himself as a Taquan Air pilot and I showed him aboard. Before the end of our two hour tour, Joe stopped by the wheel house and we visited a bit about our backgrounds. I could tell from his comments that he really loved to fly and had grown fond of S.E.Alaska since his arrival here. He asked what I did in the winter and I mentioned working with the church Christmas choir at Clover Pass Church. He was familiar with the CMA denomination and said he worked on Sundays, otherwise he would attend there. He planned on returning to Arizona for the winter and I caught myself thinking 'That's a great life'. I had no idea his life would end so soon.

My heart and prayers go out to the Taquan Air family, Princess Cruise Lines and the families and loved ones of all those lost in this tragic accident.

Rob Holston
Ketchikan, AK

Received July 26, 2007 - Published July 26, 2007

About: "Rob is co-owner and operator of Lighthouse Excursions, Inc. since 2001 and a 26 year resident of Ketchikan."


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