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News Release
ORWG CAP Mourns Loss - 11/20/20

SALEM, ORE. Civil Air Patrol Cadet 2d Lieutenant Gavyn Scott Sabin died this week in a plane crash near Molalla, Ore. Sabin, 19, was a commercial rated pilot who had been active in the Salem Composite Squadron of the Oregon Wing for several years.

C/2dLt Sabin was flying his father, Jared Sabin, to a business meeting in Utah early Monday morning when the aircraft went missing.

The Oregon Wing, Clackamas County Sheriff and the Oregon Army National Guard conducted the search for the family-owned aircraft. The search began soon after the aircraft was reported missing, but weather conditions impeded the search effort. Searchers from the OANG located the wreckage Tuesday morning near Molalla and confirmed there were no survivors.

“This is a painful loss, and we share this burden in our wing family,” ORWG commander Col Nick Ham, CAP, said.

Oregon Wing members who knew C/2dLt Sabin and his family are encouraged to reach out to wing chaplains or their unit character development officer.

Civil Air Patrol is the longtime auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and as such is a valued member of its Total Force. In its auxiliary role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 single-engine aircraft and 1,944 small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS). It performs about 90% of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 82 lives annually. CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Operating as a nonprofit organization, CAP also plays a leading role in STEM/aerospace education, and its members serve as mentors to about 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.CAP.News or www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com for more information.

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