Pilot of crashed plane near Hatcher Pass found to safety

PALMER, Alaska (KTUU) – Alaska State Troopers say the pilot of a plane that was located after a crash near Hatcher Pass on Feb. 6 was safely located, but not before thousands of dollars have been spent on research efforts for the man.

The soldiers wrote in an online dispatch that members of the Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Alaska Air National Guard and Civil Air Patrol volunteers began searching for a downed plane after a locator transmitter from Emergency was activated east of Parks Road near the communities of Willow and Talkeetna on February 6.

After the signal, no distress calls or reports of downed planes came in, but the Civil Air Patrol began searching for downed planes with eight volunteer members over several days, who searched for five hours in the air and 13 hours on the ground in severe weather. hampered aerial searches.

Wildlife Troopers and the Air National Guard both searched with helicopters, but the wreckage was not located until February 10, when members of the Civil Air Patrol discovered an overturned 1946 Taylorcraft BV12-D near Lynx Peak, close to Hatcher Pass. An Air National Guard rescue team arrived and discovered the plane empty with no signs of injury, but human tracks led the mountain away from the plane. There was no sign of the pilot’s location.

“The aircraft was no longer airworthy and left the area with another pilot in a different aircraft. The owner is working to remove the aircraft from the area and the NTSB has been notified of the incident wrote the soldiers in the dispatch.

Soldiers were unable to locate the pilot until he was reached by telephone at 6:35 p.m. on February 10. Soldiers reported that the pilot had a mechanical problem during the flight and made a hard landing before he was able to save himself with help. from someone else.

“With Alaska’s very active private pilot community, we hope that cases like this can be a demonstration of the resources that Alaska search and rescue authorities will expend to locate and rescue pilots. they crash or need emergency assistance,” said Private spokesman Austin McDaniel. in an email. “We are asking pilots to assist us by notifying federal authorities and search and rescue authorities of aircraft that are abandoned in the backcountry or minor accidents where the pilot is self-rescuing so that we are available to respond to other cries for help that may come.”

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