5 people rescued following plane crash on Lake Iliamna

A rescue operation was activated on Saturday following a plane crash on Iliamna Lake near Newhalen.
Published: Mar. 6, 2022 at 10:29 AM AKST|Updated: Mar. 7, 2022 at 11:24 AM AKST
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Five people are hospitalized following a rescue operation Saturday after a plane crashed on Iliamna Lake near Newhalen.

The Alaska State Troopers wrote in a dispatch that they were notified of an Emergency Location Transmitter on the ice of Lake Iliamna. Troopers wrote that Wildlife Troopers launched a helicopter from King Salmon and assisted the Alaska Air National Guard and the U.S. Coast Guard with the rescue of all five people on board, four passengers and one pilot.

An update Sunday said all five people are hospitalized, with one in serious condition, another in “fair” condition and the other three in stable condition.

Helicopters arrived at approximately 6 p.m. and hoisted all five people from the wreckage, who were then taken to hospitals in Anchorage by LifeMed and Air Guard fixed-wing aircraft.

National Transportation Safety Board spokesperson Clint Johnson said that the Cessna 206 crashed during a flight from Levelock to Port Alsworth was diverted to Iliamna due to weather. The plane crashed on Lake Iliamna 2 miles south of Mount Iliamna. Troopers and the NTSB thanked good Samaritan local residents who responded to the scene of the crash to assist victims.

Johnson said that the NTSB is investigating the cause of the crash.

A plane crashed on Lake Iliamna on Saturday, injuring five people.
A plane crashed on Lake Iliamna on Saturday, injuring five people.(Photo courtesy Alaska State Troopers)

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with additional information.

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