Alaska Air Guardsmen rescue plane crash survivor

Published: Aug. 5, 2017 at 9:48 AM AKDT
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A pilot was rescued by the Alaska Air National Guard after his plane crashed 130 miles northwest of Anchorage.

On the morning of August 3rd, the pilot’s brother contacted the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center with concerns about his brother's expected return on Tuesday, August 1st.

According to a press release today, aircraft wreckage was found within a few hours of the call in the area of Ptarmigan Pass. The pilot did not appear to have sustained serious injuries.

“The pilot was traveling with a satellite tracking device that can be used to send emergency messages via text and also sends a signal of the aircraft location periodically,” said Lt. Col. Scot Milani, director of the RCC. “The last known coordinates provided by his brother assisted in identifying a general area where the plane was when it last submitted a transmission.”

The Alaska Rescue Coordination Center along with support from the Alaska National Guard’s 176th Wing were able to spot the wreckage in mountainous terrain at about 3,000 feet in elevation.

The survivor was helped into a helicopter, treated at the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center, and later released.

“It’s important for pilots to have a plan—letting someone know where they are going, their planned route, when they plan to depart and return—and be packed with food, gear and shelter,” said Milani. “They should be equipped to spend an extended period of time surviving until rescue forces are able to locate them in the event of an emergency.”