Andrews Family Info –


N9350X Found!
October 28, 2017, 8:35 PM
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Dear Friends, Family, Juneau, and the greater search and rescue community,

It is with mixed emotions, that I am able to announce that the search for Brian and Brandon Andrews, missing since 8/9/2008, has ended. The news that the airplane crash site was discovered — was delivered to me by life-long friends on the morning of 10/25/2017. It was a gift to hear the news first from a Juneau family that I absolutely have the highest esteem and love for — and this has comforted my Mom, Sister, and closest friends as well.

I understand that this news has been, and will be, a shock to some. For some, and for my family, it has lead to a resurgence in all the feelings that arose when Dad and Brandon went missing, especially as we still miss your presence every day! At the same time, I am taking a bit of comfort in that it appears N9350X took off from Young’s Lake and was heading home when something happened. If there is one surprise about the crash site’s location, it’s that it took us 9 years, 2 months, and a number of days to find you guys… While foot searches, flights, and countless resources were expended looking in the discovery area, I am glad that you were found in the flight path and were on your way home…

It was just my personal opinion, but I always held onto the thought that a deer hunting party on Douglas or Admiralty would eventually find the crash site at this time of year when foliage had started to drop. Indeed, that’s what happened. At the same time, I understand the plane is well under forested canopy, on difficult terrain, and you need to be very close to see it. There were only two broken tree tops, and those trees were actually broken pretty low. We are fortunate to have found the plane at all.

For a number of reasons, I am unwilling to disclose the exact crash site location at this time. Safety, and the fact that the NTSB re-opened their investigation, and currently classify that investigation, as active and ongoing, are two.

NTSB with the Alaska State Troopers, Juneau Mountain Rescue, FAA, and USFS were able to conduct a survey today, Saturday, 10/28/2017. They were able to confirm the identity of N9350X via intact metal plates with serial numbers on the air-frame and engine block. Brian and Brandon were judged dead on impact. I will recover skeletal remains in a few days, after they are received by the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Anchorage. It appears that my Dad’s wedding band was also recovered. Much of the rest of the plane will be unrecoverable due to rust, fire, and impact damage. There is currently no salvage plan. Loops will be closed with the FBI, U.S. Coast Guard, Army National Guard, Civil Air Patrol, and anyone else who conducted searches. The Andrews Family will have a private ceremony in the near future.

I also thank ADN, KTUU Channel 2, and the Juneau Empire for reaching out to me and informing Alaska about this discovery. My appreciation extends to all news agencies reporting the find as well, especially as so many people have been looking for Brian and Brandon for the past nine years. I know that their disappearance was a very rare case, and I’m glad that since 2008 there have been improvements in aircraft emergency signal requirements, photo reconnaissance, and other technologies, so that families in the future won’t have to conduct such searches for their loved ones.

There may be other posts in the near future, but for now…

Many cheers!

— B.J.

 

 

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Satellite Search & Large Files Back Online
December 20, 2014, 1:12 PM
Filed under: Satellite/Aerial Imagery

I apologize that for the last couple of months the satellite imagery *.zip files, and the several large video files which were on bassower.com have been offline. bassower.com is now being hosted by Google instead of Yahoo! The url is much longer, but here is the link to the folder that has the files:

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B4I9LYVQzeJJR0ZEZmpiWS16V2s&usp=sharing

One nice thing, is that you should be able to download the videos (recommended), or play them in the cloud.

I know that this is just a small step in the laundry list of posts (~17) that need to be made to this blog before I feel finished with it, but for now, it just feels good to these files back up.

Best regards,

B.J.



Memorial Site Now Finished
August 11, 2013, 5:27 PM
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Memorial Site Now Finished

Click the link above to see a video of the finished site.



Miss you guys today
August 9, 2012, 8:21 AM
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Miss you guys today.

P.S. – The olympics are on again… and we are still looking for you… and we still love you…



Loving Labor
July 12, 2011, 3:09 PM
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B.J. and I spent an emotional, but good week in Juneau the last week of June. In spite of vandalism to the memorial site, we were able to rebuild and finish all the work except for the permanent bench, which will be custom made for us by master woodworker Robert Fletcher. Nikki, B.J. and I have decided upon a plaque, which will be ordered for installation with the bench.

The weather was beautiful the week we were there (although the horseflies were horrible), which allowed us to get all of the concrete work done without a problem other than exhaustion and sore muscles. We were fortunate enough to have the help (and muscles) of good friend Christy Leer and nephew Keith. Equally exciting was a visit to the site by kayakers and friend Paula McMeen as we were finishing up. Pictures and a short video will follow this post, but in the meantime a quick pic of B.J. hard at work is attached.

We encourage all who are able; please visit the site, enjoy the beauty and reflect on whatever is on your heart.



Change/Reflections
January 13, 2011, 5:58 PM
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It’s been far too long since I’ve posted to the website. For those of you that don’t know, I have moved out of Juneau, at least for now. My heart, soul and family will always be connected to Juneau, but the pervasive sadness would not leave me while there and I needed a chance to regroup and redefine who I am and a new direction for my life. I am currently living in a small condo at Big Lake, AK – my childhood home. I’m enjoying the incredible sunrises and sunsets each day and the views from my window. It is somewhat isolated in the winter, except for weekends. And except for XC I haven’t been able to ski. Since I also retired to make this happen, I’m adjusting to figuring out what it is I want to do with myself on a daily basis. Due to a severly broken finger limiting my functioning to one hand, settling in has been slow. Change is always a challenge and this is probably not the last one I’ll make.

B.J. and I plan to come back to Juneau to ski sometime over the winter and to continue work on and spend time at the memorial next spring/summer. We miss Brian and Brandon as much as ever; they are in almost every thought I have and every action I take. Ironically, I now live where I have float plane access on a lake in Alaska, part of their Alaska dream. Nikki will make it back to Juneau when she can and as her work allows it.

December and January are difficult months. Christmas, both Brian and Brandon’s birthdays, Clyde’s death, and the date Brian and Brandon were legally deceased all fall within a 3 week period. Time does not heal all wounds; it just changes our daily response to them. My hope is to be a reflection of appreciation – for life, the beauty around us and hope for the future. Brian and Brandon filled our lives with joy and I feel a responsibility to find and give joy in whatever way possible in their memory.

Thank you for keeping Brian and Brandon alive in your hearts as well.

Joyce



Back to SAR Squared
October 27, 2010, 7:50 AM
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I was talking to Mr. Mike Winfree with ConocoPhillips yesterday and he said they used an aircraft based synthetic aperature radar in the Chukchi Sea for a while to model ice movement.  I checked just checked out the company online:  http://www.aerometric.com/imagery_acquis.htm (IFSAR at the bottom) and am excited to talk to them about logistics etc…  More later  — BJ