Crew Spent 28 Hours On Glacier Awaiting Rescue
The Danish Navy rescued two pilots
after they were forced to make an emergency landing on the
Greenland Icecap Tuesday night.
The pilots, Laure Delesalle and Loic Pochet, were reported to
have suffered minor injuries and were taken to a hospital in
Tasilaq; they were due to arrive in Iceland Friday, according to
the Iceland Review. Pochet is said to have suffered broken ribs and
a bruised sternum.
The pair began their journey to the EAA AirVenture in OshKosh,
WI, in Paris July 14. They had stopped in Scotland and the Faroe
Islands prior to crossing into Greenland. They planned to raise
awareness and gather sponsor support for Pochet's upcoming
transatlantic flight attempt.
Media sources report bad weather forced what has been termed a
crash landing. The crew had to wait on the icecap for 28 hours
because of deteriorating weather and poor visibility, but rescue
personnel managed to make an emergency supply drop.
There is reportedly serious damage to their ultralight
Delesalle said neither she nor Pochet were overly concerned
about being stranded on a glacier because they knew help was
coming. They had been flying with helicopter escorts prior to the
"Soon after the crash we noticed helicopters, I don't think more
than three hours had passed. We had blankets, a little food and
water so it wasn't that bad," she said.
Delesalle told Icelandic newspaper Morgunbladid some of what
happened after she and Pochet went down.
"He (Pochet) had difficulty breathing to begin with. He still
made it out of the airplane and dragged me out. For the first half
hour I was very confused; I didn't know my name, what had happened
or what we were doing on that glacier."
Delesalle and Pochet are scheduled to be released from the
hospital Friday then go to Reykjavík in the afternoon, then
return to Paris Saturday. Delesalle said they would not be
attempting that route again anytime soon.
Delesalle was grateful to the Danish navy for their rescue. "We
wouldn't be alive today without them."