Helicopter crash injures two people in Hatcher Pass

Published: Dec. 18, 2016 at 3:46 PM AKST
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Emergency crews responded to Hatcher Pass Sunday morning after receiving reports of a helicopter crash in the area of the Arkose Ridge Formation.

Alaska State Troopers report, two people on board the helicopter were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Trooper spokesperson Megan Peters wrote the helicopter “apparently rolled” during a landing attempt.

At 11:16 a.m, Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, and State Park Rangers from the Palmer area responded to the scene. The National Transportation Safety Board was notified about the crash by AST.

NTSB Alaska regional chief Clint Johnson said the helicopter involved was a Robinson R22, a single engine light aircraft typically used for training pilots.

Castor Aviation, a Part 91 operator, is the owner of the R22 involved, according to sister company Pollux Aviation. The pilot was identified as Palmer resident John Wiese, 27.

The pilot was conducting a training flight.

Troopers said, a second helicopter from the same company made initial contact with the injured passenger and pilot and transported them to the hospital before AST could launch their own rescue helicopter.