Tag Archives: Lance Leone

Denied promotion, Leone thanks rescuers and moves on

Lt. Lance Leone, right, hugs Darryl Penn, a La Push resident who helped rescue him from a helicopter crash. Leone visited La Push at the fourth anniversary of the July 7, 2010 crash. (Photo: Ed Ronco/KPLU)On July 7, 2014, KCAW News broadcast a special report from the Center for Investigative Reporting on the aftermath of the crash of Coast Guard helicopter 6017, and its impact on the culture of accountability in the Coast Guard. On the same day, the co-pilot and lone survivor, Lt. Lance Leone, revisited the crash site to talk with the Quileute Tribe fishermen who pulled him from the ocean. Former KCAW reporter Ed Ronco accompanied Leone on his return to La Push, Washington -- his last as an officer in the Coast Guard.

After the crash: Searching for accountability in the Coast Guard

At the 2011 dedication of the Sean Krueger softball field in Sitka. Krueger was in command of CG6017. (KCAW photo/Emily Bender)Four years ago, on July 7, 2010, a Coast Guard Air Station Sitka helicopter crashed off the coast of La Push, Washington, taking the lives of the aircraft’s commander and two crewman. The deaths of the Sitka airmen were three of 14 fatalities in the Coast Guard in a two-year period. Late last month, the Center for Investigative Reporting released an in-depth story examining the culture of safety -- and accountability -- in the Coast Guard.

Sitka in 2013: Shaking earth, falling mountain

Redoubt_Slide_250In Sitka, the earth moved under our feet in January -- like everywhere else in Southeast -- but one couple in particular will probably be choosing their campsites pretty carefully from now on. 2013 started with an earthquake, and the wild ride never quite ended. An amazing fishing season plus a surge in industrial activity pushed the regional economy to new highs, but not everyone cashed in -- especially those affected by federal budget cuts. Here's a look back at some of the top local news stories of the year.

Murkowski’s Sitka layover: Upbeat on hydro bills, saddened by Leone case

Senator Lisa Murkowski during an unexpected visit to Sitka on Monday morning. (KCAW photo/Erik Neumann)Senator Lisa Murkowski paid an unexpected visit to Sitka this morning, along with a plane full of other Juneau-bound passengers who were unable to land in the state's foggy capital city. KCAW caught up with Alaska's senior senator at the ferry terminal. She's just co-sponsored a pair of energy bills which should reduce barriers to small hydro projects. She also expressed regret over actions taken to discipline former USCG Air Station Sitka pilot Lance Leone.

Lance Leone: “Come back right now”

This is the third of our three-part conversation with Lt. Lance Leone, the only survivor of a fatal helicopter crash in 2010, in which three people from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka died. Listen to the interview and read the story here.

Leone, Part 3: ‘Come back right now’

Team of Leone Lawyers at the seen of the accident-2This 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.

Lance Leone: “A rapid, liquid stop”

This is the second of our three-part conversation with Lt. Lance Leone, the only survivor of a fatal helicopter crash in 2010, in which three people from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka died. Listen to the interview and read the story here.

Leone, Part Two: ‘A rapid, liquid stop’

6017 helo crashIn 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.

Leone: CG 6017 ‘hit something we never saw’

Part 1 of a 3-part interview series with Lt. Lance Leone, the lone survivor of the crash of Coast Guard helicopter 6017 in July of 2010. Read the story and listen to the interview here.

Leone: CG 6017 ‘hit something we never saw’

Leone with Wire Ball -1In 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.