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Coast Guard Rescues Survivors From Airplane Down Near Petersburg, Alaska

One Passenger On The Sightseeing Flight Fatally Injured

The U.S. Coast Guard has located and rescued the survivors of a plane crash near Petersburg, Tuesday. A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew safely hoisted and transported six survivors and one deceased passenger to Petersburg, after locating the downed de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver near Le Conte Bay.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders were notified of the overdue aircraft Tuesday afternoon when an emergency locator transmitter went off in the Petersburg area. Coupled with a reported loss of communications from the aircraft’s company dispatch, watchstanders immediately directed the launch of the Air Station Sitka aircrew.

Three civilian helicopters arrived in the vicinity of the emergency beacon and the Jayhawk crew arrived at the search location shortly afterwards. The Coast Guard aircrew spotted a person on the side of a mountain and lowered a rescue swimmer, who learned that of the six survivors, one had a broken leg and one had a broken back. The survivors and deceased were transported to Petersburg, where the survivors were transferred to local medical personnel for additional treatment.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the deceased and injured in this tragic incident,” said Cmdr. Marc Burd, chief of response, Coast Guard Sector Juneau. “The use of their emergency locator transmitter ensured that we knew there had been an incident and that people needed help. Because of their preparation, we were able to locate and rescue the survivors.”

FMI: www.uscg.mil/d17/

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