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Pilots are flying heroes
By Robert McRoberts


August 26, 2007

I do not know what happened but I would guess that that wind had changed while the plane was on the water and they were not expecting to get hit by a 70 MPH gust from the SE. as the plane came out of Traitor's Cove. I spent a year staying in Traitor's Cove. It can be calm when it's crummy. That's why they use to trade with the Russians there.

what i would like Mr. Kamm to know is that in all the many years we flew to work in our inaccessible areas we always were glad to fly in your plane. Even when you were late to pick us up and we thought we were going to have to sleep in a culvert the days it was blowing 50 MPH you came and brought us home from points like Hasler Pass and Metlakatla. I remember one day it was a white out. you were bringing us back from Metlakatla. We were flying strait for Buggies Beach. We could not see a thing. I was sitting up front with you. You said we should be coming up on the shore line right know. Just then a tree appears and we turned and flew up the channel. As soon as we were at Saxman we were in the clear blue again.

It's just too bad someone in your care is gone. This is going to be your toughest flight to get past. I know you did every thing you could to save your clients. I hope you can get through these times.

I have been trying to set up a time for you to take my Daughter and I on a tour of the Misty's. You and all the other local pilots are flying heroes. and it's sad when things go wrong, and things just happened.

Best hopes for your recovery.

Robert McRoberts
Ketchikan, AK

Received August 20, 2007 - Published August 26, 2007

About: "I have logged many hours in the air going to many remote jobs all over SE Alaska. Seen some very crazy things happen and some very talented pilots, getting us home in some really bad stuff.

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