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Victims were airline employees, family

Alaska Airlines employees choked back tears and offered each other hugs as they returned to work Tuesday, hours after Flight 261 crashed off the California coast.

Of the 88 aboard, more than 30 were company employees and their friends and families returning home from vacation.

It has been "pretty brutal," said Alaska spokesman Jack Evans. "I think the impact still hasn't hit us."

The mood was somber at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. When asked about Flight 261, two employees at the check-in counter started crying.

Aside from three flight attendants, there were three Alaska employees, four employees from Alaska's sister airline, Horizon, and 25 of their friends and family. They were all taking advantage of free employee standby passes.

Crew, passenger list

Names of the five-member crew and 83 passengers aboard the flight:


Capt. Ted Thompson, 53, Redlands, Calif.

First Officer William Tansky, 57, based in Los Angeles.

Allison Shanks, 33, flight attendant, based in Seattle.

Craig Pulanco, 30, flight attendant, Seattle

Kristin Mills, 26, flight attendant, based in Seattle.


Lawrence Baldridge, Seattle

Renato Bermudez, Granada Hills, Calif.

Michael Bernard

Malcolm Branson, Seward, Alaska

William Bryant

Ryan Busche

Abigail Busche

Gabriella Chavez, San Diego

Jacqueyn Choate, Santa Cruz, Calif.

Toni Choate, Santa Cruz, Calif.

Sheri Christiansen, San Francisco

Carol Clemetson, Seattle

Spencer Clemetson, Seattle

David Clemetson, Seattle

Blake Clemetson, Seattle

Miles Clemetson, Seattle

Coriander Clemetson, Seattle

John Cuthbertson

Avine Deo, Seattle

Monte Donaldson, Seattle

Dean Forshee, Concord, Calif.

Jerri Fosmire

Allen Friedman, Round Lake Beach, Ill.

Jean Gandesbery, San Francisco

Robert Gandesbery, San Francisco

Meghann Hall, Enumclaw, Wash.

Aloysius Han, Oakland, Calif.

Barbara Hatleberg

Glenn Hatleberg

Robert Hovey

Russell Ing

Rachel Janosik, Enumclaw, Wash.

Karl Karlsson, San Bruno, Calif.

Carol Karlsson, Petaluma, Calif.

Joseph Knight, 54, Monroe, Wash.

Linda Knight, 51, Monroe, Wash.

William Knudson, 53, Sacramento, Calif.

Rodrigo Laigo

Naomi Laigo

Ronald Lake, Corte Madera, Calif.

Joyce Lake, Corte Madera, Calif.

Bradley Long, 39, Sacramento, Calif.

James Luque, San Francisco

Juan Marquez, San Francisco

Ileana Ost, San Bruno, Calif.

Emily Ost, infant, San Bruno, Calif.

Bob Ost, San Bruno, Calif.

Cynthia Oti, Oakland, Calif.

Sarah Pearson, Seattle

Grace Pearson, Seattle

Rodney Pearson, Seattle

Rachel Pearson, 6, Seattle

Deborah Penna

Jean Permison

Stanford Poll, Mercer Island, Wash.

Anjesh Prasad, Seattle

Avinish Prasad, Seattle

Paul "Clarke" Pulanco, Seattle

Charles Russell, Hayward, Calif.

Barbara Ryan

Bradford Ryan

James Ryan, Redmond, Wash.

Terry Ryan

Ellen Salyer, Sebastopol, Calif.

Stacy Schuyler, Milton, Wash.

Donald Shaw, Shelton, Wash.

Charlene Sipe, Seattle

Joan Smith, Belmont, Calif.

Ryan Sparks, Enumclaw, Wash.

Perry Stasinos, Seattle

Thomas Stockley, 63, Seattle

Margaret Stockley, 62, Seattle

Janice Stokes, Ketchikan, Alaska

Morrie Thompson, 61, Fairbanks, Alaska

Thelma Thompson, Fairbanks, Alaska

Sheryl Thompson

Robert Thorgrimson, Poulsbo, Wash.

Lorna Thorgrimson, Poulsbo, Wash.

Nina Voronoff

Colleen Whorley, Seattle

Steve Wilkie, San Francisco

Bob Williams

Patty Williams

Source: Alaska Airlines and AP interviews.