Alaskan wreckage found last Wednesday on Admiralty Island has been confirmed to be a seaplane missing since 2008.
The family of Brian Andrews and Brandon Andrews have confirmed that the Alaskan wreckage and remains discovered this past Wednesday on Admiralty Island, south of Juneau, are in fact those of the Andrews family, missing since August of 2008.
“It is with mixed emotions, that I am able to announce that the search for Brian and Brandon Andrews, missing since Aug. 9, 2008, has ended,” B.J. Andrews wrote Saturday on a blog that has been providing information about the family’s continuing search over the years.
The plane, a Cessna 182 on floats, was reported as overdue in August of 2008 when Brian and Brandon Andrews, father and son, were overdue to return home after a family camping trip to Young Lake. Since then there have been numerous searches, but until now no results.
B.J. Andrews, the oldest sibling in the Andrews family posted an update Wednesday saying that a hunting party and “lifelong friends” discovered the crash and delivered the news.
The wreckage was found “under forested canopy, on difficult terrain, and you need to be very close to see it. There were only two broken tree tops, and those trees were actually broken pretty low. We are fortunate to have found the plane at all,” Andrews wrote.
“It was a gift to hear the news first from a Juneau family that I absolutely have the highest esteem and love for — and this has comforted my mom, sister, and closest friends as well,” Andrews wrote. The find has been confirmed by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Alaska State Troopers and other groups using identification numbers on the plane, said Andrews.
Andrews expressed sadness over the event, but was quite clear in expressing the family’s finding comfort in finally getting closure over the event.
“Brian and Brandon were judged dead on impact,” Andrews wrote, adding that “it appears that my dad’s wedding band was also recovered.”
“If there is one surprise about the crash site’s location, it’s that it took us nine years, two months, and a number of days to find you guys. … While foot searches, flights, and countless resources were expended looking in the discovery area, I am glad that you were found in the flight path and were on your way home…” Andrews wrote.