Pilot receives minor injuries in plane crash on Prince of Wales Island, troopers say

Published: Aug. 16, 2016 at 12:15 PM AKDT
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The pilot and only occupant of a privately owned aircraft suffered minor injuries after crashing on Prince of Wales Island on Monday.

Alaska State Troopers said around 8:15 p.m. the U.S. Coast Guard reported an Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) beacon from a 1956 Piper Pacer.

The beacon's location was determined to be coming from the Clover Lake area about 22 miles west of Ketchikan, AST wrote.

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter out of Sitka located the pilot, 30 year old Thomas McIntire of Ketchikan alive.

Troopers said McIntire received minor injuries during a late aborted take-off attempt when the plane struck the rocky shoreline, triggering the ELT to activate.

According to AST, McIntire declined medical assistance and was taken back to Ketchikan in the USCG helicopter.

The crash damaged the plane's floats and propeller.

Troopers said the National Transportation Safety Board was notified.