USCG Admonishes Sitka Aviator In 2010 Crash

The Coast Guard’s commander in Alaska officially admonished a Sitka-based aviator over the weekend for his actions in a fatal helicopter crash.

Three of the four people on board Coast Guard helicopter 6017 died when it crashed in July 2010 near La Push, Washington. The helicopter’s co-pilot, Lt. Lance Leone, survived the crash and faced criminal charges that were dismissed earlier this month.

Leone met Sunday with Coast Guard Rear Admiral 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.

Leone’s attorney says he’ll challenge the admiral’s official remarks.

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Ed Ronco is a reporter at KCAW in Sitka.

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