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When the phone rings...
This morning, when my cell phone rang it said it was a call from Palmer, AK. I knew it wasnt good news.
Last week, my Alaska buddy for the past 40 years went down to Minnesota and purchased an airplane - Cessna 170B - and flew it back to AK. His plan was to do contract flying for the Park Service
The plane crashed in Whitehorse last night. No Survivors. See link.
He was a retired Army pilot [Lieutenant Colonel] , 3 tours in Afghanistan, after retirement he worked as a safety inspector for the Natl Park Service in ANC.
I hunted with him in Alaska twice - caribou and moose - and he came down to Colorado elk hunting a couple years ago.
He was my friend
"" R I P "" sir! I've always had deep respect for military pilots. My condolences also to his family & close friends!
CNELK, sorry for your loss.
Godspeed to your friend. Condolences to you and his family.
So sorry to hear this cnelk. Those are tough calls to get. Your buddy and his family will be in our thoughts and prayers. God bless.
That's a bummer. Sorry to hear it.
Very sorry for your loss. RIP.
So sorry for your loss! RIP
Sorry for your loss, will be thinking of you and his family.
Sorry Brad, that is very tragic.
Sorry to hear it, lost my brother in a similar fashion. He was a bush pilot for 25 years.
Prayers. Your buddy was living life the way he wanted. Something to be said for that even when does not always work out. Gone too soon. RIP.
Sorry for your lost and family
Sorry to hear about your friend Brad.
prayers to his family and yours
Dang it that’s rough. Prayers to you and his family. And a salute to him for his service. I bet he had some awesome adventures in his lifetime. RIP
Condolences to you,Brad. Lost my best buddy 6 yrs ago this month in a tragic way.
Prayers to the family and to you as well
That is terrible news. RIP to your friend and godspeed in his next journey.
So sorry to here this. Prayers to you all.
So sad. Sounds like he did things the way he wanted. RIP
Sorry for your loss Brad. Much respect for your friends service.
Sorry to hear, Cnelk. Sounds like a great friend and man.
Condolences to you and his family. I’m sure he would say he was glad to have known you with the time he had.
Sorry to hear about that, Brad. May your friend RIP.
Sorry to hear this .. that’s rough. Take care!
Sorry for your loss. Tragic. Kevin
Tragic loss cnelk. Sorry for the loss of your friend.
Sorry Brad, that's terrible news!
Prayers to the Family...
That's terrible Brad. Sorry for the loss of your friend. Prayers sent to the family.
Thanks for the words guys. He left behind a wife and 2 grown daughters.
My son was up visiting him just last month for a week. He took him all over AK, from Kasilof up to Delta Junction. Im glad he got the tour
Sorry to hear that Brad. Sad news...
Sorry to hear that man.
Really sad news. Sorry for everyones loss!
Wow, sorry to hear this.
I heard on the radio last week that there were 2 plane crashes in AK, distance wise they were fairly close together, within just a few days of each other.
So sorry to hear this. You and his family will be in my prayers. RIP.
Really sorry to hear that! Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. No one wants to get a call like that.
Sorry about your loss cnelk. Prayers for his friends and family.
Tough news for sure, Brad. Sounds like a great guy and a great friend! RIP
Sorry to hear that, Brad. My condolences and prayers. Sounds like a heckuva guy. Godspeed to your friend.
Wow, that sucks man! Sorry for your loss!
Condolences to all involved.
Tough to lose good friends. Even more so when they had so much more life to live.
Darn it, thoughts and prayers for his friends and family.
My condolences to all affected by this tragedy.
A very tragic loss. Prayers for his family and friends.
Sorry to hear about it. RIP
So very sorry Brad. Condolences to you and his family.
Sad news for you and his family. My condolences.
Very sad....but your friend probably wouldn`t have wanted it any other way. It was a "good death".....going out living your dream.
Wow prayers to the family and you sir
As more details are released, its seems that my buddy wasnt piloting the plane at the time of the crash - @ link
Thoughts and prayers to all impacted
cnelk I’m sorry for your loss.
That’s a rough one, Brad. Sudden, too young.
Very sad to read this Brad
Prayers to all families, Robb
Sorry for your loss Brad. It sounds like his plan was coming together. What a shame.
Sucks when good go early. Sorry cnelk.
Some information about the pilots. Both very distinguished and knowledgeable- see link
My buddy is the one with the moose rack
Sorry to hear Brad, totally sucks :(
Very sorry to hear this, may they be in God's hands, and the family comforted by friends.
I'm sorry for your loss. RIP
Very sad. Condolences to his family and friends.
Sorry for your loss cnelk!
Prayers to you and the families.
Wow, so sorry to hear of the loss of your friend. Condolences to you and his family.
Thinking of you and his family.
So sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers for all.
So sorry for your loss. I knew from the title of the post that it was not going to be good news.
Good friends are hard to find and harder to loose. Condolences Brad
That’s never easy. Makes a guy appreciate the day. Sorry for your loss Brad.
WOW! Sorry to hear this. Not that it makes it any easier, but small plane crashes are fairly common in Alaska from what I hear. Prayers for the family and friends.
Sorry for your loss CNELK. Better shoot a big one for him this year.
The last sentence of your post means a lot to me. Very sorry!
Pat, thanks for setting us straight on the Bowsite rules and what it's "supposed" to be about. We are family here. Many of us know cnelk personally. We don't know shit about you and don't give a shit about you...
I read about this the other day...Very obvious both men were good ones and very well respected.
Sucks when good ones go young. Sorry for your loss Brad..
Sorry for your loss Brad. Sounds like he was a great guy and friend.
Pat, you seem to have a burr under your saddle for some reason, ever since you graced us with your presence. Food allergies, maybe? There's another site where you may fit in better- Archery Talk. They talk about archery, most aren't accomplished bowhunters, and the jerk quotient is much higher.
Pat, in another thread you claimed to be a “devoted Christian”. Please be a better Image bearer.
Sorry for your lost Brad. This terrible news.
Sorry you lost your buddy Brad. Ignore the troll.
Just seeing this. . . . Sorry for your loss Brad
How horrible. Guide Jason Peterson was lost last year in a small plane crash in Alberta.... now this. Thoughts and prayers.
Our heartfelt prayers are for God's comfort and peace to help you, and the families of these talented men, through your personal tragedy cnelk. For you to lose such a good friend and huntin buddy is a pain that hurts all of us and helps us appreciate those we love. Glad you have some wonderful memories to keep you smiling through your tears!
I am sorry for your loss. May your pain be less in knowing we care.
Sorry for your loss. That really sucks, prayers for you and their families.
Real sorry to hear this Brad.
Tragic news. Sorry for the loss of your friend Brad.
RIP.. Sorry for your loss. Sounds like the memories will last forever... TJW. (Bowhunting memories ) dont want to be erased..