Plane makes emergency landing after engine failure on Christmas Eve

Published: Dec. 26, 2019 at 10:24 AM AKST
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A chartered patient transport flight made an emergency landing on a frozen lake after losing engine power in flight on Christmas Eve.

According to Clint Johnson with the Alaska Regional Office of the National Transportation Safety Board, the flight departed Anchorage with a passenger and two medical personnel on board on Christmas Eve.

Johnson says the Pilatus PC-12 series turboprop aircraft dropped the passenger off at New Stuyahok before heading back to Anchorage.

The pilot then reportedly experienced a loss of engine power and was forced to make an emergency 'gear up landing' on a frozen lake according to preliminary information from NTSB.

A helicopter pilot dispatched from Dillingham rescued the pilot and medical crew. No injuries were reported.

NTSB says the investigation will take time as the aircraft is in a very remote location and still reportedly on the frozen lake with its landing gear in the up position.

Editor's note: A previous version of this article incorrectly identified the flight as a medevac.

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