Annette Island, AK Coast Guard Plane Crash, July 1964


Ketchikan, Alaska (AP) -- All five crewmen aboard a twin-engine Coast Guard search plane were killed when they crashed into a mountain, only a minute or two from their base at nearby Annette Island.
The burned and battered wreckage was spotted from the air late Sunday. It was mashed into the woods 2,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean and only 200 feet from the top of Dall Head on Gravina Island.
The Coast Guard reported there was no chance that any of the fliers survived.
The last word from the amphibious Albatross plane -- returning in the dark and murky drizzle Friday night, after a search for a grounded fishing boat -- was a request to turn on landing strip lights at Annette Air Station.
Aboard the plane were the pilot, Lt. Commander JOSEPH N. ANDRASSY, Port Angeles, Wash., and co-pilot Lt. (j.g.) ROBERT A. PERCHARD, 27, Westwood, Mass.
Other crewmen were AD1 HARRY W. OLSON, 39, Cheyenne, Wyo.; AM2 DONALD C. MALENA, 29, Monongahela, Pa., and AT3 EDWARD D. KRAJNIAK, 22, Parma Heights, Ohio.

The Evening Tribune Albert Lea Minnesota 1964-07-06