An underwater search device has located the black box and part of the wreckage of a medevac plane that crashed in January in Southeast Alaska.
A remotely operated vehicle commissioned by air ambulance operator Guardian Flight found and recovered the cockpit voice recorder from the Beechcraft King Air 200 turboprop, the company announced early Tuesday. The vehicle also identified part of the landing gear and an engine.
The discoveries came toward the end of the day Monday, authorities said.
The Guardian flight took off from Anchorage in late January for a flight of about 600 miles to the village of Kake but never arrived.
The discovery this week marked a major step forward in the hoped-for recovery of the plane and remains of three crew members thought to be inside: pilot Patrick Coyle, 63; flight nurse Stacie Rae Morse, 30; and flight paramedic Margaret Langston, 43.