Lt. Lance Leone was one of four people aboard an Air Station Sitka helicopter when it crashed off the coast of Washington state in 2010. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano signed an order last week removing him from the list of officers scheduled for promotion.
This third and final part of our interview with Lt. Lance Leone begins in a Seattle hospital, where he was recovering from a broken collarbone and other injuries in the days after the crash.
In the second of three parts, Lt. Lance Leone talks about the crash of Coast Guard helicopter 6017, from the moment it hit the water to his family's arrival at his hospital bed in Seattle.
In his first interview since the 2010 crash of CG6017, Lt. Lance Leone describes the morning of the flight, and the events leading up to the accident.
Lt. Lance Leone was the only one of a four-person crew from Air Station Sitka to make it through the crash, which happened off the coast of La Push, Wash., in July 2010. In an interview with KCAW, Leone talks about the accident, its immediate aftermath, and how it’s shaped his life and career since.
The group of 10 or so people held signs in the lobby of Sitka’s Rocky Gutierrez Airport. One had the name Ostebo on it, crossed out with a circle and slash. Another said “We support the USCG unlike you.”
Lt. Lance Leone met Sunday with Coast Guard Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo to review a final report on the crash. Ostebo also entered remarks into Leone’s personnel file that could mean an uncertain future for the aviator’s military career.
The Sitka-based Coast Guard aviator was facing charges of negligent homicide and destruction of government property in connection with a 2010 helicopter crash. He also faced charges of dereliction of duty.
Lt. Lance Leone’s attorney says comments Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo made on a Juneau radio station compromise his ability to be fair in the Coast Guard's case against his client. Ostebo appeared on KJNO’s Action Line program on Feb. 10.
An investigating officer has recommended dropping the charges against the sole survivor of a 2010 Coast Guard helicopter crash that killed three crewmen from Air Station Sitka.