Joshua "Pac-Bell" Cohen

1978 - 2005


News Stories:

KATU KESQ Curry Pilot (1) Curry Pilot (2) FAA Incident Data The Daily Triplicate (1) The Daily Triplicate (2) The Daily Triplicate (3) The Sacramento Bee The Roseville Press Tribune (1) The Roseville Press Tribune (2) Appeal-Democrat (1) Appeal-Democrat (2) NTSB Report (New)


Picture Gallery Guestbook
High Flight

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air. . . .

Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or ever eagle flew -
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

On Monday, Feb 21, Josh flew up to Portland in his Glasair, tail number n262wg. Shortly after Midnight, Feb 22, he left Portland destined for Crescent City, CA. Josh had radar service with FAA Seattle center while in route to Crescent City (CEC). Around 2am, Seattle ATC recieved a message from Josh saying that he had visual on the airport and was terminating radar service, switching to the local airport frequency for his final approach. This is the last transmission he made.

Josh and his plane have still not been located. The body of Maria L. Flores was found 700 yards offshore, near the Chetco River. Maria was a passenger in the plane with Josh.

Our thoughts and sympathies go out to Josh, his family, Maria's family, and Josh's friends.

Wed Jun 7 05:07:49 UTC 2006
On Sunday, June 11, at 7:15 a.m. at the Yuba County Airport in Marysville, California, as part of this year's Golden West EAA Regional Flyin, the Golden West will hold a dedication to place in memory of Josh a granite plaque in a concrete base near the tower of the airport. The dedication is open to everyone.

The address for the Yuba County airport is 1364 Sky Harbor Dr., Marysville, California.

The website for the 2006 flyin is:

Sat Feb 11 20:47:59 GMT 2006
The Unveiling of Josh's Headstone will be held March 19, 2006. All are welcome to attend.

Thereafter, please join us for refreshments. Directions will be provided at the unveiling.

Sunday, March 19, 2006, 1:30pm

Sunset Lawn
4701 Marysville Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95838

Sat Mar 26 03:13:18 GMT 2005
Ryan Arguello sent in a collage he made with some images from the gallery and words from the guest book. Thank you Ryan.

This weekend I will be putting up the last of the pictures I got, as well as some videos. Once that goes up I will be putting up an archive of the entire site, the guestbook, and all the news articles for download.

Tue Mar 8 21:05:28 GMT 2005
Josh's burial will be this Friday, March 11, at Sunset Lawn Cemertery. All are welcome to attend. The Burial will be at 2pm.

Sunset Lawn
4701 Marysville Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95838


Fri Mar 4 21:19:01 GMT 2005
There is also an after service wake/barbeque that will be held in the Truxel area after the service. Contact nous AT geekpair DOT net if you'd like more information.

Fri Mar 4 16:31:19 GMT 2005
The memorial on Saturday is being planned for 7pm - 9pm. Location still TBD. An email will be going out as soon as we confirm where.

Thu Mar 3 22:09:40 GMT 2005
The Oregon Sherriff's Dept. has located a body just south of McVay beach believed to be Josh. They are checking dental records to be sure. It has been confirmed that it is Josh's body.

Services are proceeding as planned on Sunday. The family will hold a private burial when the body is released.

There is a memorial being planned on Saturday as a celebration of Josh's life. Details are being worked out. If you'd like to attend, please email and we will put you on the contact list.

Tue Mar 1 23:57:49 GMT 2005
For those interested in charities they could donate money to in Josh's honor, his parents Ned and Leslie suggested these two charities:

The Hereditary Disease Foundation
1303 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, California 90405

Magen David Adom, USA (Israel's Red Cross)
8930 Gross Point Road, Ste. 800
Skokie, Illinois 60077-1864

Tue Mar 1 06:29:49 GMT 2005
Memorial services for Josh Cohen will be held Sunday, March 6th at 11:00am at Temple Or Rishon located at:
7755 Hazel Ave
Orangevale, CA 95662

Click here for a map of the area and to get driving directions.

Mon Feb 28 23:14:15 GMT 2005
The plane floated to the surface today. It was largely intact (the tail was broken off) and both windows were open. No body yet. The search for Josh is continuing.

Sun Feb 27 02:48:49 GMT 2005

Nothing found so far. Appearantly the divers are battling with four feet of visibility and large numbers of boulders on the ocean floor. The search is supposed to continue next week.

Sat Feb 26 21:20:50 GMT 2005
Divers have been diving all day, so far they haven't found the wreckage. I will be posting as soon as we know more.

Fri Feb 25 01:26:54 GMT 2005
More info: Dive is scheduled for 8:30am Saturday, their priority is finding Josh. Apparently the plane recovery is another matter that will need to be private, through the family, or through NTSB. The diving effort is going to be run through the Brookings Station, though the coast guard is supplying the dive. Thanks to Courtnee for tracking down this info.

Thu Feb 24 23:11:48 GMT 2005
The coast guard has rescheduled the diving team which was supposed to inspect the crash site until Saturday. The only thing confirmed to date is that sonar is picking up an object at around 40 ft. depth off the coast, there is also an oil slick apparently directly above this object.

Thu Feb 24 17:52:00 GMT 2005
Goin' to California with an aching, in my heart...

I'm leaving for California now. I'll be offline for the next 24 hours or so, but there are others who can update the site, and will when we find out any news.

Thu Feb 24 04:31:51 GMT 2005

There's a guestbook up. Please sign it.

Thu Feb 24 00:11:48 GMT 2005
If you'd like a mirror of the archive, you can download it here. Please don't use mirroring scripts.

Wed Feb 23 23:15:32 GMT 2005
Josh's plane has been found. 100 yards offshore, aprox. 40' down. Divers are going down to take a look at it.

Wed Feb 23 22:12:16 GMT 2005
Photo Gallery

I have put up a photo gallery of Josh. If you have any pics you'd like me to include, please email them to me.

Wed Feb 23 20:53:42 GMT 2005
Search and rescue has been called off. Only recovery operations are going on now.

The last radar contact with Josh's plane showed him at 400ft above ground. His plane executed a 270 degree turn and then fell out of radar contact. Search and rescue gave him a 2 hour window to be rescued.